WHAT IS ROLE OF THE BLACK WOMAN IN SOCIETY?
“What Is Her Super Power”
Where does the black woman fit into a society going forward in 2015? Every gender and race has found a place to excel in the world as a group. The white man has politics, government, the military, the white woman education, and the feminist movement. The black man, oh well jail and rap music. He has not found a way as a group to prosper in society without putting down the black woman as he rise to the top. Oh yeah, he has religion. He stands from the pulpit and preach from the holy book. The church fills to capacity with Black Women, who have no power or any leadership position.
Just where will the black woman prosper and flower as a group? Not as a second male or a white female, but as a black woman who contributes to society in her own way. There is a place for us and we will determine our actual worth. The value of the black woman in the world has yet to reach its’ height. I want to put into rotation the notion that we black women can collectively decide what we have to give to the world. Yes, we have family and community, but the black woman also has a unique role to play in the global scheme of things. We have taken care of everyone’s children. Our children have taken a back seat. To ensure the survival of black people we women must set an agenda for the Black Female.
I believe black women will shape the culture in the coming age. The question becomes how will black women shape human life on a global scale? We are the ones’ who must lead the next revolution. It is the revolution of the feminine spirit that has been pressed underground due to fear and ignorance. White feminists gained ground but left black women behind. White feminists were concerned just with individual needs. The black woman is concerned about the community. The community is defined by the people we interact with on a daily basis.
We brought the black family through the middle passage in chains and bondage. Black women are the next super power that will shape humanity. Like the tide about to turn onto land. It moves across the earth. Everything in its path is swept into the flow. Black women, let us take the whole of humanity on a journey to the sea. A sea that is wide open and ready to receive. All fish in the sea can live, thrive, and subsist on the large ocean floor. A few have risen to the ranks, like Oprah, and Beyoncé, but still we lag behind in the world. Black Women have not had the inkling to become a force in shaping the world.
The Womanist Empowerment Series wants to empower black women. Cultivate leaders who will guide the world with feminine power as we embrace the feminine aspect of life. The part of life that is powerful and human, like a storm, the rain and the ocean that moves on an invisible cord. “Put Your Finger on the Pulse and Feel the Beat,” “The Rhythm of Life”. Let us build a tribe of powerful women that go out into society and shape Human Life.
AMERICA IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT
Woman Reconstruct Human Life
Knowledge is socially constructed. Anything humans put together can be undone. The current political structure is a Social Construct White men designed so they would have the power to make laws and govern the American way of life. Man shaped the world we know like a piece of clay in his hand. He created it in his own likeness. Even the image of God is a male. We Women are an integral part of humanity. We have yet to use our power in the affairs of humanity. We can be a part of shaping the future we want for our children and society.
America continues to evolve as new information is unearthed buried in the heart of humans. The world begins to resemble the vision I have in my heart. It had to be unearthed under the burden of being a black woman in the world of man. I have decided to participant in shaping humanity.
I thought I could change the world through educating children. Nonetheless, for over twenty years education has changed me. Going back to the source of how society shaped me has been an eye-opening experience. I saw how education produced humanity. Now, the child in me has evolved beyond the current education agenda. That agenda wants to educate and have you serve the agenda of an American white nation. Pay your taxes, do your job, do not question the law. Children sense what education is doing to them. Students strike back with a vengeance, killing innocence. The violence in America has escalated to a tipping point. It has seeped into all aspects of human life.
I heard a male speak on education. He stated, “Education is either a tool of liberation or an instrument of oppression,” was the conclusion he gave. Education has taken on the role of the oppressor. It oppresses the hearts and minds of children. Education requires children to remember information and later regurgitate it for a Standardized Test. Education becomes a way to pass on useless information instead of education the hearts and minds of children and teaching them to think. I have lifted the burden of being a black woman in America. I raise my voice and my pen to tell of the life I have lived and the future I plan to create.
A white man put into rotation a plan and like robots, women and children play the role. We play the character, the one submissive to man without giving it much thought. Growing up in a minister’s home taught me an important lesson. Our family went to church, sometimes three services in a day. The saying goes, “Children were to be seen and not heard”, and consequently, my voice was smothered in a polite way. Women were second to man and third to God in the order of things. I often found myself denying my own wants in second to the man in my life. Soon unhappiness, bitterness and anger grew in my belly. Like a volcano, it exploded. Anger would singe the man and he would run. This continued for many moons until I found the source of my anger. I was angry because the American Culture I grew up in denied me the time to find my own voice. I was living a life someone designed and like a puppet, I played the role.
Black Women have a unique mission. We are the one who have the honor of shaping human life. We birth life into the world and nurture children. We suckle them to our breast then turn their minds over to the state. The state has one interest and that is to maintain the status quo. This is life we have experienced for the past four hundred years. We are beginning to see just what type of mentality we pay for. Donald Trump is now the front-runner for the highest office in America. He is an embarrassment. He is the past; we must move beyond. We, women, must assume leadership positions. Look to see where your mission will take you and what it will look like in the world.
Two thousand fifteen is the time I become responsible for humanity. Women must wrestle the power from the grips of men. Currently, the power structure has no desire to see the world in a state of peace and love. Women, educate children and shape the future. Step out of the shadows of a second male and step into the new life of an empowered female. The Womanist Empowerment Series has The Agenda of the Black Woman as its most pressing issue. Which will put into rotation and usher in a New Era of Feminine Empowerment through Poetry and
POWERFUL WOMEN SHAPE THE FUTURE
Education was the means I would use to affect the hearts and minds of children. After attending two educational conferences at The Florida Nature and Culture Center in Florida, I was primed and ready to change the world. At the meeting, the President of my faith organization stated, educators are the major deciding factor in shaping the hearts and minds of children. In addition it is the teachers who can help children find meaning and create value with their life. With a renewed purpose for education, I returned to school ready to shape the future by empowering, educating and socializing children. What I discovered was, the teachers in the school I was assigned plumaged the classroom and commandeered the resources. I had none; the principle did give me a two hundred dollar budget for supplies.
I did not find a compadre among my peers. The principal assigned me the most challenging students. The saying was, “this will make or break you as a teacher.” What about the children, were they given any consideration? It was precisely what veteran teacher wanted, comfortable classrooms and easy assignments. This has created a crisis in education, which translates to a crisis in society.
Unfortunately, this crisis has not concerned the policy makers in education. Education continues to thwart the minds of children and turn them into workers for the state. What is society doing to children? We are smothering the creative minds of children with the current education agenda. Children wear uniforms as a process of conditioning and systematic control. They learn to accept the military presence both at home and abroad. Are we becoming a militarized state?
What I did observe in almost all the elementary schools I was a substitute, children acting out and an overabundance of white female teachers. These predominantly black schools are on the Southside of the city. Most children live in poverty and receive an impoverished education. Schools were not the place children received acceptance land over that empowered them to believe in education and themselves. I was disillusioned, bitter and angry. I left the educational field to pursue other interests.
I had grandiose a plan. I formed a non- organization, Vision for Education. I was sure I could single-handily shape this organization and empower children and the world would be a better place. I would create workshops for educator and we would gather and empower one another and co-create a shared vision for education. This never happened. It was such a far-fetched idea, but I did receive funding from the city of Louisville, KY and also from the Kentucky Foundation for women to pursue art as a way to empower children. I found support and a group of people that worked with me.
Cyd and I planned a yearlong project at her church. The Broadway Cultural Renaissance at West Broadway United Methodist. There were write-ups in the local newspaper and over seventy-five persons from the community attended the first gathering, which included local artists and educators.
I was involved in my local community, went to most meetings and completed a nine-month program spearheaded by The Metro United Way. I met with this group. There were interactive workshops and small group discussion. We were becoming the Change Agents in our community. I was enthusiastic and thought I could help shape my community. My main problem was ignorance to think that I could change something outside myself. I would first have to deal with and heal my emotional wounds.
This second time around I am confident that I am on the correct path. My decisions are well thought out and come from a place deep inside me that longs to make a difference in the world. I have gone through fifteen years of introspection. During that time I healed my deep emotional wounds. This directly influenced the discovery of my gifts and talents which has enabled the feminine aspect of my life to flourish. Buried under the pain, shame and the guilt was a life ready to make a difference in the world.
I am a poet, writer and educator. It is my belief that we black woman have a unique mission to shape not only her life but also the life of our children and the community. I created The Womanist Empowerment Series. It consists of e-books, workshops and seminars that help the black woman heal the wounds of her emotional body. The secondary goal is to empower the feminine aspect of life and lastly find and identify a feminine archetype for both personal and professional life. This is a direct path to empowerment centered on love, compassion and respect for all life.
Women shape the future through our relationships with children, both our own and the ones we teach and interact with in social or professional settings. When you heal you will gain a source of power from within. There will be no need to dominate the lives of the children. You will learn how to empower children and help them find their place in life. In this way, you become powerful. You will shape the world into an image that speaks to the highest calling for Human Life.
The Womanist Empowerment Series’ presents, “A vision of Feminine Power”, during P.E.P. Talks (Poetry Empowerment Project). This series content is inspired by teachings from JACK KORNFIELD. The Wise Heart.
During the (ten)- ninety minute weekly sessions I will introduce you to Seven Steps that will allow you to awaken the deeper dimension of the self, the “universal. It is through the practice of Mindfulness, which is a state of mind that has always been available to you. It is aware, non-judging and respectful. Mindfulness allows you to be in the fully present in the moment and able to ascertain what may be invisible in your experience.
You will have the opportunity to create poetry/visual art from the experience that will be published in an anthology along with other participants in the series.
You will recognize compassion as your deepest nature and reassert you interdependence with all life. Causing you to respond positively and create value from every experience you have.
You will 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.
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.
I remember being a little girl left all alone at home one Sunday morning when everyone had left for church. My father was a minister and we children were preacher kids. We were to behave and always do what was expected. I told my mother I was sick. I asked her if my little brother could stay 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 was the only person in the world, stranded on an island with no one around. Dread and fear welled up in me. I curled into a ball and cried. I was left feeling abandoned, alone 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 parents 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 would be victimized by life. After each act of transgression by the other person I responded with anger. The drama would unfold for many years. Anger was the wall I erected to protect me from the 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 for me. I wanted them but fear kept me at bay.
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, tension knotted like balls, coiling around my hip, creating an impasse. I felt a stroke was evident.
Twenty-five years of chanting Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo transformed my anger into compassion, unworthy into value, victim into culture transformation catalyst for the empowerment of women. Each relationship I entered revealed a part of me that I needed to let go of. When I released the tension I saw how I shaped my own painful experiences.
Poetry became my way of expressing and giving voice to my experiences both positive and negative. I began to let go of the self-image 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, my true value and worth as a female in society came into view.
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 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.
I was listening to a Creative Visualization video the other day.
I closed my eyes and decided to go along for the ride.
I sat back and got comfortable on my sofa.
I looked inside my mind.
The way one does when one wants to think.
I saw a glowing ember and followed it in.
It took me to a place inside myself.
The voice on the video told me to find a struggle.
This was easy because living on the edge I am always in the midst of a struggle.
I looked deeper at the issue that I am now facing and split it open to see what was really inside.
What was holding it together, and made it impossible for me to break free from.
I cut through the skin, it was the toughest.
Now I was able to peel back the legs and dissected it like a frog.
I pinned the legs and the belly back to look inside.
There was a blockage staring back at me.
It was a deep dark hole that I was scared to look in.
I started to crawl slowly because if it was inside of me making me behave a sort of way then I wanted to look at the monster and send it back to its black hole.
Why I am stuck in low-paying jobs, feel like I do not have respect?
Why at fifty-five I am not living comfortably as the calendar says I should.
I bought into this reality for me since I did not have one of my own.
I adopted it like a stepchild.
This lie staring at me had to go;
It would not bring me happiness.
I had to use my imagination to create a life I would love.
Like a little girl with the world at my fingertips.
I could have anything I want.
What did I really want?
What do I want to do with my life?
I could create a life of my dreams.
It is during a Creative Visualization session that I imagine a life of love and beauty of peace of financial freedom,
Where all my bills are paid.
I can travel and vacation and I can be at peace with whatever has happened in my life.
What is the value of the Black woman to the World?
What is the value of the Black woman to her fellow man?
Where does the Black woman stand when there is no room at the table for her demands?
Black woman, you hold the entire world on your shoulders,
The baby on your breast so he can grow strong.
What does the Black man do to the woman that gave him life?
Now he is a man he thinks less of the Black woman.
The black woman, you are the sky!
The Moon and the Stars.
You light up a dark room.
You give so much of yourself
You barely have anything left.
The black woman, you are everything.
Believe in your worth,
The color of your skin,
The texture of your hair,
The swagger in your hips.
The black woman, you are the best!
You love everyone.
Love is your strength,
Love is your power,
It can transform any man.
Open your arms wide and embrace the whole of Humanity.
The black woman, you are in demand.
When you observe your experiences without judgement or expectations you are practicing Mindfulness. You are open and receptive with an expanded awareness. Mindfulness also brings protection from suffering and has the power to bring balance, perspective and freedom to your life.
If you are unaware of what is unseen in your experience you will respond out of habit and suffer. Yes, there is danger and there is pain. This is a part of life and what we call, “The Human Experience.
To live is to experience hurt and pain. On the other hand, at most suffering stems from ignorance. You can accept this as fact and a part of life and live with a sense of happiness and freedom or reject it and suffer.
You can learn to trust this practice of mindfulness as you enter the difficulties of your day. There are four principles of mindfulness if used have the ability totransform your personal experiences.
The first principle of Mindfulness is, (1) Recognize what you are experiencing , (2) Accept what is happening (3) Conduct an investigation into where you are feeling discomfort in your body and what your thoughts are around the experience. (4) Do not identify with what is happening.
You will use these principles any time you want to investigate the root cause of your pain or suffering that you want to transform. You will investigate the way your body responds, the feelings you are having, and your thoughts around the environment that brings on the experience.
We are so accustomed to running on autopilot. Moreover, at any time you can observe your actions to determine if you are responding out of habit and whether your response brings you closer to obtaining your goals and values.
At this current moment, I am writing on my computer. My mind is engaged in the action. As my fingers strike the keys my eyes see the words appear on the page. I am in a classroom with about fifteen students. Some are finishing their math assignment while others work on a computer program.
One student walks up to me and asks, “What is the answer to this problem?” I tell her how to figure it out, but not the answer. I am fully conscious of my breath as it comes in and goes out my nostrils.
I am at ease in this environment. I have been here many times before. I wear a jacket, even though the temperature is quite mild. It was colder earlier in the day. I knew to bring a jacket because the classroom temperature changes throughout the day.
My job as a substitute is an adventure. Some days I do not know what to expect, oftentimes I do. It is the nature of my occupation to be in this environment with children and be the authority figure.
Some children reject this title and tell me I am just a substitute. I am not sure how they see me. Just lately, I have begun to tell students, Substitute does not define me. It is a label and I am much more than a sub. I tell them I have been teaching longer than they have been alive.
I want them to see me as a person first, and not use a label to define me and treat me in a way that is demeaning. I want them to know that a label places people in boxes they may not wish to be in.
I have taught in Pinellas County Public Schools for about seven years. Most children I have taught before. They know who I am and have been in class with me and know what to expect.
They often asked me if I have been to their school. Some students are helpful and quite pleasant. After twenty years, I am comfortable with the diverse background of children I am in class with. I tell them what my expectations are and how we are going to make it through the day.
I am mindfully aware that I come to the classroom environment with expectations of how I want the children to behave and treat me. Some children remark and say, I am mean. I question their judgement, am I?
I have little patience for disrespect and loud and obnoxious behavior. I am learning to go in the classroom with the intention of opening and embracing all children from diverse backgrounds and to leave my expectations out side of the classroom.
DAY-17 3- UNCONSCIOUS ROOT CAUSES OF SUFFERING Unconscious drives have the power to enslave and cause pain. There are predominantly three un-healthly states of mind. If you are always grasping, always seeking, never quite satisified, like an insatiable desire that controlled my life. I was never happy with what I had or the person I was in a relationship with. I always felt it was the other person who caused me so much unhappiness until time spent alone brought me to my knees and caused me to reflect. I glanced back at the last relationship I was in, it showed me a picture of myself. Relationships have the ability to reflect back our innate nature. If this is what I was attracting, then, I need to change myself. I was the only person that was truly responsible for my happiness. I took one look deeply into my life and found the source of my unhappiness. It was a decision I made as a little girl that I continued to believe like the story I have shared before. That story was a lie, but I believed it like it was the truth. I got sick and tired of the suffering and unhappiness and decided that I need to change my story. Realizing that I was an addict and what I was grasping for was like that drink the alcohoic took. Sex never solved my need for love; it only masked the real issue. The next unhealthy state of mind is Aversion; never looking at the real issues. I never addressed the issues in my life. Like an addict, I was looking for some man to make me happy and take care of me. Like drinking to passify a deeper issue. What a delusion I now wake from, which is the third cause of suffering. I wandered in and out of these unhealthy states of mind until the delusions and aversion of living a lie started to wrech havoc on my life and cause physical pain. Many decades of experiencing pain and suffering and searching to find the cause lead me to discover the The Unconscious Roots of my Suffering. I can change the story I tell myself and transform my life. I have to replace the unhealthy states of mind to healthy states. That is tomorrow’s talk.
Greetings this is Pamala, aka Poetess, Cultural Transformational Catalyst, Educator and Poet your guide during the Womanist Empowerment Series. Join me as I continue to pilot the new era of feminine empowerment through Poetry & Talk.
This talk speaks to the absence of authentic feminine leadership models available to young mothers who help their children to grow and develop. Do you want to be empowered both socially and professionally? Help your children to find a source of power within themselves, then follow this series and log onto my Blog @womanistempowermentseries.com
My writings reflect the female model for the world. The external forces that try to control her and the internal force that drives her to self-actualize. The conflict will be played out in the virtual world. This force that drives her is Knowledge and Power. The power to name one’s own reality and self-determination, the power to name one’s own destiny.
Words express my deepest sentiment and how my role as a woman, daughter, leader exceed the expectations prearranged for me. I refuse to be molded by persons and forces around me so inside I ran.
I want you to experience my personal liberation and encourage you to journal and Blog during the next 30-Day virtual retreat that begins in April. You can discover your feminine essence and leadership style and educate your children on how they too can live an empowered life.
The aim of this series is to empower 1 million women who want to guide their children in the 21st Century and build a sustainable culture of empowerment. During the 30-Days, you will discover your feminine essence and experience a Renaissance in Feminine Leadership.
You are the new generation of Womanist Leaders who express their power through the feminine form. I want you to make peace with your softness and vulnerability and stop living with a guarded heart.
During the 30-days, you will connect with your feminine essence, that which makes you a woman. Your personal power and magnetism will grow as you reconnect with an authentic source of power from within.
Womanist Leaders share knowledge, seek understanding and transform their situation into something of value. If you want to discover a source of feminine energy, acknowledge the feminine aspect of life and reclaim your rightful place in society then this series is for you.
I look back over my life as a witness neither judging nor condemning. I see patterns emerge and I begin to make sense of my life and the traps that I fell in. I look at the road I traveled upon that lead me her today. I am liberated from my past. It no longer has a hold on me. I untied the knot in my belly and my life began to unfold. I wanted to be free from tension I felt by holding the weight of the world around my neck. Fear kept me tied in knots, Fear that someone would discover that I wasn’t this strong silent woman that took on the problems of my family, men in my life and would not let anyone see the real me. I was a victim who still thought like a little girl who believed everyone around me had more power than I me. I was at the mercy of his or her good graces. Fear and trepidation filled my life. I had no control over my life or the people in it. I was a victim. I pretended to be strong. Holding onto that façade soon began to break down my body and stress settled on my left side. Pain was my companion as I went through life. It had to change I could no longer hold onto a lie. I believed in love and people until one day my husband walked out on me. I left for work and when I got home him and everything valuable we owned was gone. He left with his young daughter in tow. What was the message he sent to her. She was a part of the plot. I had to go to him for money because he took all I had. I learned that I could not depend upon anyone so I had best take care of myself.
Sitting mindful with sorrow is an act of courage, but it let me see how to break free from some patterns that held me in suffering. My mind played this scene repeatedly. I could not believe this happened to me
This is a pivotal moment in history. The world awaits the Creative Class. You are the one that can transform the world. We people who use our creative energy stirring within to create a business that will transform the world.
What type of transformation you might ask? A movement that leads us out of darkness, ignorance and fear into the light of truth, justice and creativity. We women can create new solutions to the world’s problems when we transform the heart. Become a part of the leadership that transform the world.
We have been trying to change the world from the outside, trying to make it fit the image in our heads. Instead, change your life from within and like a mirror, the world reflects back.
Who better equipped to lead in this new “Age of Transformation,” The mothers, The Women, The Nurtures and Givers. When you transform your heart and create Heart-Based Businesses then the world will experience a surge of new energy in the world.
That energy is the feminine spirit lying dormant in your life. I can help you get awaken the greatness in your life. I have created a Feminine Transformational Leadership Project that will help you to grow and develop into a leader that will empower and transform the lives of the people on your team or in your company. Follow my Blog @womanistempowermentseries.com
I am a child of the 60’s
Born at a time when being Black
I wore an afro.
Went to the barbershop to have it trimmed.
Lived in a Black neighborhood
All I knew was black!
Went to a school filled with black teachers.
Black is my soul.
So much a part of me,
If I would give it up,
I would cease to exist.
Black is an attitude.
Black is soul food.
Black is music & swagger.
Black is a language.
The way I walk; the way I dance
Black are my ancestors who helped build America!
I too am an American!
Do you want to feel a sense of power in your life?
That you have the ability to control the destiny of the world.
That your children will be safe and secure
Fear not of being a victim of random acts of violence.
Then you must secure the nation you live in.
Build “A Safe Place inside Yourself”,
Then outside world will match what is in your head.
Do you want clean air and fresh water, live in a world that values life?
Then what you must have your own Human Revolution.
A revolution in your thinking,
A revolution in how you see and relate to life.
You are a co-creator with life.
Accept your noble mission as an envoy to earth.
Your advent is to transform.
As life passes through you,
As experiences shape you.
Let the experience go through.
Use the wisdom deep in your life to transform.
As you exhale and put energy back into the world.
Be it of healing of empowering and transform.
Do you want to feel a sense of power in your life?
That you have the ability to control the destiny of the world?
That your children will be safe and secure and not fear being a victim of random violence.
Then you must secure the nation that you live in.
Build a safe place inside yourself,
Then the world outside will begin to match what is in your head.
Do you want clean air and fresh water?
Live in a world that values life.
Then you must have your own human revolution.
Deep within the inner recess of your mind and heart is your connection to God.
It is here that you must rest in the heart beat,
Then the connect will begin.
In your thinking,
In how you see the world
In how you relate to life.
You are a co-creator with life.
Your advent in this world is to transform.
Accept the noble mission as an envoy to earth.
As life pass through you and experiences shape your heart.
Let the energy flow through.
Use the wisdom at a level of unity of self to transform.
Let your actions and words flow from your greater self.
Exhale and put energy into the world.
Be it healing or empowering, just create a better life.
Be a reflection of light, power, beauty and value.
You were born to bring beauty and build a strong Human Community.
The rousing sentiment in me
awaken my spirit
cause my inner recess to burst forth
beget new life…
see and acknowledge
this time of rebirth
a way of being
of Bob Marley,
love, justice and peace
An ambiance of humility
no longer a dream
that lives in me
truth I see
Joy and heaven on earth
no want for death to liberate me
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 lead 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 emotional disturbed girls. 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 my 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.
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.
A Vision of Peace that begins with you when you release negativity and the weight of the world you have been holding for so long.
A vision of love that restores your heart to the heart of Queen who love all people because she knows the greatest asset are the people living on the land. She believes in her power to greet each day with a smile and guide children with love.
A Vision of Feminine Power that restores the meaning of humanity that was lost in the pursuit of the American Dream. We are the dreamers. The ones who can co-create a better world.
There is a source of power that you can harness for betterment of every man, woman and child. Bring them into the fold.
There is an abundance in life when you connect to the source of everything. The Womanist Empowerment Series rest on the field. Put Your Finger of the Pulse and Feel the Beat, The Rhythm of Life.
With the collapse of the family structure and the detachment children feel from their communities, schools and jails have become the surrogate parent. Who are raising the children?
Not only are schools taxed with educating children, there is a need for educators to nurture, guide and socialize children. Schools have not been able to grasp this profound purpose for education that society expects of them. The very institutions we have entrusted children in have become breeding grounds for the development of anti-social behaviors.
Children come to school unprepared to cope with the expectations of the educational system. They come into the school system with a host of issues that interfere with their learning; neither the teacher nor administration can successfully deal. Behaviors left unchecked become unmanageable in the classroom.
One of the tasks of education is to assist in the socialization of children. The very skill children need to be successful. There is no system set up within schools to foster this skill and teach it to children and consequently children experience meaninglessness and normlessness.
There is a need to transform the nature of educating children. It is my intention to bring this to light and help educators become better prepared to take on this humbling task of not only educating but also socializing children.
The educator can do this by exploring a richer and yet to be experienced purpose for education. The greater goal of education is to help children become happy, find meaning and create value.
Counter to this lofty goal, the prevailing purpose for education has existed for the past four hundred years. It has brought society this far and can no longer carry the country forward into the twenty-first century.
The Twenty-First Century demands a New Purpose for Education and A New Purpose for Education demand a New Twenty-First Century Plan. Thus, it is imperative that educators grow and develop to their highest potential and move forward the purpose for education. There may be a need to explore what educators intend to do to help with the current crisis in education.
The Twenty-First Century demands a New Human Community. Education is the arena where we can build The New Human Community, but first the educator has to empower herself. I speak to a female vision of power because feminine educators accounts for around eighty-five percent of the current educators. She can become empowered and expand her life state and help children find meaning and value through the process of education.
This paper today addresses a model for a Transformational Leadership Project I have developed. I will give you information on how you can become a part of that project at the end of this paper. You can help build a New Human Community.
It is the task of educators to build that capacity in future generations. With a renewed zest for education, you and I can achieve this amazing task.
The agenda of a totalitarian teaching style created this meaninglessness and normlessness. The current agenda for education is to have a society of people who do not think. Contrary to popular belief, the single thing that makes us human is our ability to think.
Schools are not teaching children to think. They are teaching them to digest bits and pieces of data and then call it forward on a test. This is not education.
I walk into a classroom, the same way I have for the past twenty years and look into familiar faces. I have seen them many times before. I have been a substitute teacher for the past six-years in the Pinellas County Public Schools.
I reject the label substitute because it does not totally describe me. My teaching experience of over twenty-three years is reduced to a day with these children. I have to reinvent myself each day. It is an exhausting endeavor but one which has caused me to grow and develop my full potential.
This one quote has been with me since 1992. Since life is, a constant challenge is it important to have a specific goal or direction with which to challenge myself. I step into the unknown most days. I have to call forth the wisdom and compassion in my life. Most days it is a battle between my emotions and my heart with my emotions winning more often than not. However, my experience as a substitute teacher has helped me to articulate what precisely I am feeling and let it go. It is an exercise in my own humanity.
What this experience as a substitute teacher has taught me is patience, resilience, and compassion. I have taught at many locations throughout Pinellas County Schools. The behaviors are the same at most schools.
What I have noticed is that the schools that need the most seasoned educator often are the training grounds for the new hires. Inexperienced Caucasian teachers get the toughest assignments. Most are ill prepared to teach and reach the children who are in need of surrogate parenting. This is not education
This young twenty-something just a child out of college is given the added responsibility of twenty of so children. It is a difficult situation, yet this model continues. The old adage, this will either make or break you. Children’s needs are often forgotten. This is not education
These new hires use curriculum with multiple texts, unable to reach the children, these new hires merely pass on information. Moreover, children cannot digest this information. They act out of frustration and boredom.
The teacher is the single important factor in the process of education. Yet she is ineffective. I felt so ineffective. This vicious cycle, both the teacher and the student find themselves in can neither produce meaning or create value. This is not education.
It will take many years before this teacher is seasoned. I have a plan that will make you seasoned in a year. I will teach you how to become empowered as a teacher, as a woman and as a human. My Transformation Leadership Project will focus in these three areas,
Once you complete the training and practices, you will be empowered, children will be the recipient of this newfound power and we will see a rise in the quality of education.
What I want to do is empower educators to empower children to better the interaction between the two. Both teacher and student can co-create an environment of mutual respect and dignity.
Log onto my Blog @ www.womanistempowermentseries.com and follow, also become a participant in the Transformational Leadership Project that begins in January 2015. Check my blog for dates. There will be four-informational session in January. Pick one that is best for you. You can also check out my face book page, under the same name, Womanist Empowerment Series.
Journal and Share
Your Transformations and Insights
With Family and Friends.
Greetings, Pamala here
During the Professional Leadership Project Seven Keys that transform your way of thinking will be presented in poetry and prose. Poetry has the power to reveal another way of seeing and being in the world. The Seven Keys are a type of Panacea, a universal remedy for personal transformation.
Throughout the project Seven Keys will be introduced; dialogue and questions follow. In addition, you will have the opportunity to respond to the keys by creating a journal entry that can be shaped into a poetry piece that may be published in anthology by participants.
One of the practices I will introduce is, “Mindfulness,” Mindfulness helps you to recognize and let go of unhealthy patterns of being in the world that create suffering and develop healthy pattern in their place. Mindfulness attention to any experience brings understanding and inner freedom
For over twenty- five years teaching and writing has been a challenge, but it has been the way I have transformed my life from a victim of experience to become a personal guide on the journey to transform the very nature of my life and teach the Seven Keys that can un-lock your life’s full potential.
At completion of this project you will have submitted a narrative poetry pieces that will be the included in an anthology by participants; The hope is that you transform your suffering into joy, fear into love, pain into purpose. The Seven Keys will open your heart and direct you to freedom and happiness. Through poetry and dialogue we are empowered as women and mothers.
What archetype type would you model yourself after if you could choose? leave me a comment below.
I have come to the conclusion that at fifty I had better have a lens with which to view my life through.
I never really thought about it much, just who did I emulate myself after when I was growing up.
I think it was my dad even though I do not think it was a conscious choice. I was the little girl that looked up to my parents as if they were Gods and could do no wrong,
But now as a mature woman who can make conscious choices I look to a model of Feminine Leadership that speaks to the greater part of me. I will examine her type tonight.
Archetypes are by their very nature universal and indestructible. They connect with the unconscious mind. That when the time is right will reveal its’ secrets to you.
Female leaders in order to fulfill your role properly you would do best to first find an archetype that represents the best qualities. An example would be, “The Good Queen”.
Her title speaks to the position she holds. Her action would be for the good and prosperity of all.
Her followers welfare and happiness would be her main concern. She would rule and guide from the goodness in her heart. The people who followed her would benefit from her goodness and love.
Her path is one filled with challenges that she faithfully fulfilled to arrive on her throne.
The path of the lover she traveled on brought her happiness and suffering. Not fully satisfied she ran into the arms of lovers trying to find happiness until she realized the source of her insatiable desire. A longing deep in her heart for love she thought was denied to her
She transformed her pain into purpose. Now she is ready to fulfill her mission in society as the Good Queen.
Break free from the Ego.
The self you show to the world.
The person that seeks approval,
That wants to be right; and in control.
Break free from the lesser-self known as the Ego.
Embrace your greater-self and spread your arms.
Let them stretch to the outer-most parts of the Universe,
And connect to everything.
The unity of all,
The vast unknown;
You came from that source.
You are light that has come from the dark.
Hungry and crying you came into the world.
Your mother feeds you.
You did not know.
You had to learn.
You sought the light.
As you acquired the ways of the world,
You forgot the unity of your soul.
Remember, you are a part of Humanity.
You are the light.
You are a tiny firefly that flickers in the dark.
Around I sat in the audience of Anthony Hamilton.
Ten thousand lights flickered in the dark.
Music filled the air.
For one fleeting moment, we were one life.
Those moments make and shape us.
I live for another,
In beauty and light.
A VISION OF FEMININE POWER
Develop a new sense of power!!! A latent potential in you. The feminine aspect of life seeks harmony & peace, unlike masculine power that needs to control. Feminine power is fluid, like rushing water. That travels over rocks through cracks finding its’ way to the sea. Not scheming, but flowing on its’ path, Creating harmony and peace as it streams.
So the story goes; there was a time when women sat with one another and shared their visions and dreams… Empowering and supporting one another as they realize their roles in community.
They were respected and revered as living embodiments of beauty & creativity. Deeply in tune with the inner life they valued the outer forces of nature undeniably.
Women gathered and shared their practices and gifts, directed their skills into teachings that taught women to focus and increase their sensitivities.
Women knew that their responsibility was to maintain peace and balance in their homes and community…That every thought and action had an impact upon…Not only their life but the world that they found themselves in.
They reflected light and influence that maintained order for humanity.
Part of their training was to guide community, develop, encourage and increase the feminine gifts of understanding and benevolence. Women spent most of their time reading and writing and creating works of art that reflected their thoughts and visions.
Modern women today too caught up in the patriarchal mindset and suspicion to attend to the inner realm of being. Women became alienated one from the other due to the pressures of a consumer culture and the outward measure of success.
Women lost touch with their purpose and power and so the decline of society.Today we restore the true flavor of what it means to be Feminine.
There’s power within that can break old pattern of relating; the quiet gentle strength that show up when you look within.
You can learn new ways to relate, first with yourself then the totality of humanity. Nurture yourself, the inner child that may not have felt loved completely. Take care of her. Return to a deeper part of thee.
Control your thoughts and evolve past old patterns of being, get rid of it like a worn out shoe, learn positive self-talk and generate a new reality.
There’s another aspect of power; one that co-creates. STEP into an equal partnership with life. Realize your destiny,
Trust life and align with power in the world. BE at ease with not knowing, it’s quite impossible to know all the endless possibilities.
Connect with your inner guide and your deepest dreams. You have power that can change the world, when you step up to a partnership with life. ACTIVATE the support you’ve been missing
Women empower one another and attract a shared idea for Humanity
A Vision for the World: Master the Inner Game.
Paint a picture on your heart.
The world, slightly different from what American Education taught you.
Schooled on viewing the world through your five senses.
If you could not touch it or feel it nor see it,
It must not be real.
Then something magically happened.
You began to filter experience through your mind.
You could think,
And explain what you saw.
All this was well and good,
For an adolescent coming of age in the world.
There comes a time when you realize,
There is much more to this world.
Another dimension exists between silence and darkness.
The vast inner space,
Yet to be explored.
Lives in our wildest imagination.
Out of the reaches of our five senses.
This other place of mind and heart.
Opens at your beaconing.
The world of the human heart.
Electrical pulsations create a magnetic field.
Each and everything connects.
A live wire touches and ignites a flame,
That burns and warm your body.
Greed, hatred and violence breaks the connection.
It is the heart.
You must change.
To a ring of love,
That circles the globe
Cause vibrations to rise.
People in world,
Flourish and thrive.
Revives the heart of Humanity.
The Feminine Path
This Chap-Book will launch my on-line course The Feminine Path: A Seven Step Personal Transformation during the summer of 2016 and serve as a benchmark for Building a New Human Community.
It is an ongoing endeavor to create a Culture of Womanist Empowerment through Poetry and Talk. Join me by following my Blog: http://www.womanistempowermentseries.com and post a comment or book review.
You and I will celebrate as we share our newfound way of being and embody this driving force of cooperation and symbiosis. “Put your Finger on the Pulse and Feel the Beat.” The Rhythm of Life.
It is a challenge; I will help you hold the hand of the child within. For that child, anything is possible.
P.A.N.A.C.E.A. for Optimum Mental Health
A Seven Step Personal Transformation
First Step: Powerful Purposefulness, (Finding Your Place in the World)
The essential truth of life is, we each have boundless potential and power to affect change in our lives and the world. There is a bigger vision of benefiting others, which will reduce self-importance. Life then becomes simple and straightforward.
Second Step: Acknowledge the Feminine Aspect of Life. It will bring balance and wholeness to the self as you discover a new source of power. This power is flexibility and clarity in the midst of chaos.
Third Step: Nonfeasance is the failure to act that is part of one’s responsibility and the consequence of not fulfilling your role in life.
Fourth Step: Give Attentiveness to the present with Mindfulness. Real Power is experienced in the present. Mindfulness allows you to connect with the wisdom and compassion of your higher self for better understanding and healing.
Fifth Step: Creative Visualization is the process of finding your inner guide for support and guidance.
Sixth Step: Evolve Beyond Suffering and enter a time of healing: healing that is more about letting go of those things that causes suffering.
Seventh: Align with the Eternal and Universal truth, awaken to the “Law of Life” that simultaneously permeate the universe and the individual self, experience wisdom, compassion, and courage.
Achieve your potential as a human being and awaken your heart of wisdom. Visualize a new story that transforms your life and co-create a culture of loving kindness, compassion, and understanding that will transform society.
Overall, the Seven Steps will develop your awareness and self-identity, enhance the quality of your life, and contribute to the realization of your dreams. In summary, the long-term goal of this Chap-Book and corresponding seminars and webinar are to establish the Value of Woman’s Work and empower a new generation of Black Women who will transform the world.
The second objective of this book is to reaffirm the role of women in society. We are the guardians of culture, which ensure the perennial nature of humanity. Join me as we create a vision of Womanist Leaders through Poetry and Talk.
An important aspect that will aid your Personal Transformation is the creation of an Empowerment Journal. Use it to reflect on the poetry and the step at the end of each chapter. In addition, you can create a video, visual art or poetry piece and write an excerpt that defines your benchmarks, goals, and stages as you progress through the Chap-Book.
You can post your reflections on my Facebook page; Womanist Empowerment or my Blog womanistempowermentseries.com.
A Seven-Step Personal Transformation
Greetings and thank you for the purchase of my Chap-book. I am a Sesheta, Cultural Transformation Catalyst, and Poet. The goal of this Chap-book is to empower a new generation of Womanist Leaders who lead through the Feminine Form.
This Chap-book will explore, through Poetry and Talk, a source of Feminine Power and the Essence of what it means to be a Black Woman in the Twenty-First Century.
My hope is that the reader begins to embody her Feminine Essence as a source of power and heal the wounds of her Emotional Body. This will take you on an internal journey and to the heart of what really matters to you.
As women, we are heirs to a grand mission, that of reconstructing society in the Twenty-First Century. Who is better acclimated to shape society than we women? It is a courageous endeavor that compels women to become leaders in the sector of society we find ourselves in.
But there are challenges we will face in the reconstruction of a genuine self. First, we carry a double burden, one is caring for the family, and the other is discrimination in the workplace. These two challenges hamper the process of personal transformation. Personal transformation demands that one find a place of quiet and serenity from which to contemplate life and the choices that were made and the decisions that have to be made in the future.
To address these challenges, I created the Womanist Empowerment Series and this Chap-Book. This book is for the Woman, who wants to discover an organic source of power which is fundamentally different than masculine power. It is Feminine Power, an organic energy source that transforms and empowers, not control and dominate.
Feeling shut out of Main Stream America, I searched for a way to honor my most creative ideas. The Seven Steps to Personal Transformation were the result. The Steps are part autobiographical, and part Buddhist Psychology sprinkled with wisdom gained through over twenty years in public education and twenty-seven years as practicing member of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism.
Furthermore, the coming age is one of the Transformations which necessitates that Women be instrumental in co-creating a “Culture of Healing”, that is vital for the survival of all people on the earth. It is healing that is more about letting go of the things that cause us to suffer. Pain is an inevitable part of the human condition. On the other hand, suffering is a choice.
Another important aspect to develop in this, “Age of Transformation”, is Feminine Intuition. It is a deep knowing that will help you to learn the ways of the Storytelling Mind. The Mind loves stories, especially the ones it tells itself. Perhaps an adult unknowingly passed on a story for you. Or, you may have been ascribed to a story in your family and as a member of society. You can decide whether you want to continue to live that story or create a New Story that will transform your life. This Chap-Book will assist you with your Personal Transformation.
We Black Women lost an important connection to our traditional way of life. To gain that reconnection we must first acknowledge the inherent problems we have faced living in America.
The Black Woman’ mental health has been pushed to the rear. Our main concern has been to take care of the family and children which negated discovering a personal identity.
Thus our communities, families and ultimately the world have suffered tremendously.
To help you reconnect with your feminine intuition and utilize this Chap Book to its intended use, a webinar is planned for the summer of 2016 which will help assist you in the implementation of the Seven Steps.
One component of the Seven Steps is Mindfulness. Mindfulness is attentiveness to the presents and what is happening in your body, mind and spirit.
Mindfulness allows you the introspection to realize how important it is to encounter life as it is instead of how you think it should be. This will assist you in experiencing the unchanging nature of the Mind.
Through the practice of mindfulness, you will discover a greater purpose for your life as you awaken, nurture, and enhance the feminine gifts of intuition and second sight.
This Chap-Book also addresses the need for authentic leadership models for young women and the consequence of failing to fulfill one’s role in life. Readers will learn how to heal the heart and empower the Feminine Aspect of life and develop unique leadership skills.
As you read the series of Chap-Books, you will have the opportunity to adopt a feminine archetype for personal and professional success. The most important issue the book will address is the Social Status of Women and the role we will play in the Twenty-First Century
A 7-Step Transformation
Greetings and thank you for the purchase of my book. I am Sasheta, Cultural Transformation Catalyst, and Poet.” I envision a new generation of Black Women who discover and embrace their feminine essence. This essence is the very source of your renewal. It will empower and transform you.
This manuscript is part autobiographical, and part Buddhist Psychology sprinkled with wisdom gained through over twenty years in public education and twenty-seven years as practicing member of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism.
The goal of this book is to Empower and Transform the Black Woman through Poetry & Talk. We, women, are heirs to a grand mission, that of reconstructing the world in the Twenty-First Century. It is a courageous endeavor that compels us, women, to become leaders in our sector of society. Who is better acclimated to shape society than we women?
Because we carry a double burden, of caring for the family, and discrimination in the workplace, there are major hurdles to traverse as we stand up and become leaders.
This book is for the Woman, who wants to discover an organic source of power that is fundamentally different than masculine power. It is Feminine Power, that transforms and empowers, not control and dominate.
Furthermore, the coming age is one of the Transformations which necessitates that Women be instrumental in co-creating a “Culture of Empowerment”, that is vital for the survival of all people on the earth. It is empowering to let go of the things that cause us to suffer. Pain is an evitable part of the human condition. On the other hand, suffering is a choice.
Another important element for us, women in this “Age of Transformation” is to know the ways of the Storytelling Mind. It loves stories, especially the ones it tells itself. Perhaps an adult unknowingly passed on a story for you. Or, you may have absorbed a story in in your family and as a member of society. You can decide whether you want to continue to live that story or create a New Story that will transform your life.
This manuscript also speaks to the idea that the Black Woman’s cultural differences arrive from a collective heritage. We lost an important connection to our traditional way of life and we must acknowledge the inherent problems we face coming of age in America. I propose that because of our unknown Heritage, the Black Woman’s Role is one of community empowerment thus different from the White Woman’. Our lives are an ongoing journey towards reconnecting with what was lost.
No longer do I long to survive. My aspirations are to thrive. But first, I must acknowledge that the woman’s mental health has been pushed to the rear. Our main concern has been to take care of the family and children. This is the reason I developed A-Seven Step Transformation. The steps are a P.A.N.A.C.E.A. for Spiritual Transformation. They present a new and radically different way of viewing the self in the midst of relationships.
A webinar is planned for the summer of 2016 which will help guide you in the implementation of the Seven Steps. One component of the 7- Steps is Mindfulness. Mindfulness is attentiveness to what in happening in your body, mind, and spirit. You will realize how important it is to encounter life as it is instead of how you think it should be. This will assist you in experiencing the unchanging nature of the Mind. Through the daily practice of mindfulness, you will discover a greater purpose for your life as you awaken, nurture, and enhance the feminine gifts of intuition and second sight.
This manuscript also addresses the need for authentic leadership models for young women and the consequence of failing to fulfill one’s role in life. Readers will learn how to heal the heart and empower the Feminine Aspect of life and develop unique leadership skills.
You will have the opportunity to adopt a feminine archetype for personal and professional success. The most important issue the book will address is the Social Status of Women and the role we will play in the Twenty-First Century.
Moreover, as you read the book, you will realize an authentic source of power hidden in the depths of your life. This is your Feminine Essence. Is it the key to reaching a powerful destiny? This essence is a foundation of capability. When discovered it will help you to begin to show up powerfully and create healthy relationships—the type of relationships that empower. There will no longer be a need to struggle for power when you step into your role in society. We, women, are the ones whose sole responsibility it is to shape human life.
The Seven Steps are an open and refreshing view of life, which leads to healthy alternative patterns of giving and receiving love. As you begin to embody the feminine essence, you will start to empty your mind of the old ways of “Being in Relationships”, and become an Agent of Change in your family, society and ultimately the world.
This manuscript presents a radically different way of “Seeing and Being in Relationships.” Transform your life internally and develop within yourself a brilliant inner stronghold. Encounter life as it is, instead of the way you habitually see it and establish absolute happiness
Lastly, this manuscript defines the Spiritual Revolution we women must take part in to transform not only our lives but our families and communities. The “Seven Steps” will open the door to the vast inner life and guide you to a source of feminine power lying dormant in the depths of your life. It is a spiritual journey and the next movement in our collective story as Women in society. You will begin to experience the unchanging, true nature of your Mind and develop an autonomous identity as a human being. Step away from identification with the body and acquire a Spiritual Identification which will empower the “Feminine Aspect of Life,”. You will have established an unshakable self.
The target audiences are female entrepreneurs, mothers who homeschool and women in education. Males are encouraged, but the emphasis is on developing a feminine source of power. The twenty-first century demands a New Human Community, and the New Human Community demands a new twenty-first century.
My Seven Steps Will Heal and Empower the Black Woman, which benefit both your personal and professional life. Step two is an adaption of Carl Jung’s Feminine archetypes as models of leadership. They are as follow: The Faerie, the Lover, and the Wise Queen. When you implement one of these universal attributes and align your intentions, mind, body, and soul, you become unstoppable. Society is ready for real women who are ready to show up authentically.
The steps are as follow:
First: Powerful Purposefulness (Finding Your Place in the World)
The essential truth of life is, we each have boundless potential and power to affect change in our lives and the world. There is a bigger vision of benefiting others, which will reduce self-importance. Life then becomes simple and straightforward.
Second: Acknowledge the Feminine Aspect of Life. It will bring balance and wholeness to the self as you discover a new source of power. This power is flexibility and clarity in the midst of chaos.
Third: Nonfeasance is the failure to act that is part of one’s responsibility and the consequence of not fulfilling your role in life.
Fourth: Give Attentiveness to the present with Mindfulness. Real Power is experienced in the present, Mindfulness allows you to connect with the wisdom and compassion of your higher self for better understanding and healing.
Fifth: Creative Visualization is the process of finding your inner guide for support and guidance.
Sixth: Evolve Beyond Suffering and enter a time of healing, healing that is more about letting go of those things that causes suffering.
Seventh: Align with the Eternal and Universal truth, awaken to the “Law of Life” that simultaneously permeate the universe and the individual self, experience wisdom, compassion, and courage. Achieve your potential as a human being and awaken your heart of wisdom. Visualize a new story that transforms your life and co-create a culture of loving kindness, compassion, and understanding that will change society.
Overall, the Seven Steps will develop your awareness and self-identity, enhance the quality of your life, and contribute to the realization of your dreams. In summary, the long-term goal of this book and corresponding seminars and webinars are to establish the Value of Woman’s Work and empower a new generation of Black Women who will transform the world. The second objective of this book is to reaffirm the role of women in society. We are the guardians of culture, which ensure the perennial nature of humanity. Join me as we incarnate a vision of Womanist Leaders through Poetry and Talk.
An important aspect that will aid your Personal Transformation is the creation of an Empowerment Journal. You can purchase or make one. Use it to reflect at the end of each chapter. In addition, you can create a video, visual art or poetry piece and write an essay that defines your benchmarks, goals, and stages as you progress through the book. You can post your reflections on my Facebook page; Womanist Empowerment or my Blog womanistempowermentseries.com.
Moreover, this book will launch my online course Womanist Empowerment: Redefining Womanhood during the summer of 2016 and serve as a benchmark for Building a New Human Community. It is an ongoing endeavor to create a Culture of Womanist Empowerment through Poetry and Talk. Join me by following my Blog and post a comment or book review.
You and I will celebrate as we share our newfound way of being and embody this driving force of cooperation and symbiosis. “Put your Finger on the Pulse and Feel the Beat.” The Rhythm of Life. It is a challenge; I will help you hold the hand of the child within. For that child, anything is possible.
So it is written; So it shall be!
Rattle the cage.
Unfasten the Padlock.
Break free from Americanization.
Raised in a Culture.
Assigned a number at birth.
Child of the 60’s.
Clothed in innocence.
Denied my organic nature.
Had to take a foreign one.
Moved through life as an invisible entity.
No matter how I tried,
Tears I cried.
I did not fit in.
Retreated to an internal world.
To find a story to believe in.
Began to make it my own.
Is not of my choosing.
Finished trying to fit in.
Finished with the American Education System.
Today I create a life that suits me.
AWAKENING TO THE SACREDNESS OF LIFE
So it is Written; So it shall Be.
Shake loose the shackles.
Rattle caged bars.
Unfasten the lock.
Break free from America’s
Hold on me!
Raised in a Culture.
Assigned a number at birth.
Registered in the city.
Where my mother and father lived.
Clothed in Innocence.
Stripped of my organic nature,
The dress I wore,
Was someone’s else’s design.
Without a model.
That I could conceive.
No matter how I tried.
It never fit me.
Finished trying to put on that dress.
Done trying to fit in.
Found the steps to create me.
On a journey to discover the vast inner space.
That part of the iceberg,
Submerged in the great ocean of life.
Open the door to this other world.
Undergo an odyssey,
Using the mind as the guide.
This other dimension.
So many talk and write about.
You may have caught a glimpse,
But quickly put it out your mind.
Like Star Trek.
A venture through outer space.
To discover other worlds.
They same curiosity killed the cat.
I say curiosity has brought us technology,
Advances beyond our wildest imagination.
This thing called life,
Prince sang about.
Is the subject that I will Explore,
Look at every aspect.
Discover the Secret!
Close your eyes.
Put your mind at rest.
So the Soul can speak.
Look at the door.
Watch it swing wide open.
To reveal what is on the other side.
Walk in as an observer.
See the totality of Humanity.
The twinkle of stars.
There is movement on the surface of the earth.
Trees are swaying.
Rain is falling.
One expansive blue.
People scatter about,
Doing this thing called life.
A chorus overheard from high above.
Put Your Finger on the Pulse!
Feel the Beat!
The Rhythm of Life!
Sashaying down the street.
Yellow dress fluttering.
Eyes bright as the moon.
On her head.
Golden locks glimmer.
On her finger a diamond
Sparkles in the noon-day sun.
She parts her lips.
A sweet melody escapes.
Dangles for a moment.
Feet gently her from the ground.
The sound reverberates and…
Villagers scuttle out to see.
The sun going down.
It’s Queen Bey!
She arrived in town.
All the children run to the road.
Silhouette each side.
Laughs and giggles.
Dance in the morning haze.
Boys start to drum.
A rhythm that moves everyone to a higher plan.
The community is set ablaze.
Evil that lurked in the shadows.
Come into the light.
Demons cannot tolerate Joy and Happiness.
They leave and run to the next town.
We have defeated the demons.
Everyone chants in unison.
All day long they dance and sing.
Women start a fire.
Men go out for a hunt.
The aroma of food soon fills the air.
A cloud hangs low.
A guardian has come to protect all the people.
A silent voice
Walks in the room.
Stands behind the body of man.
Listens from behind his back.
Perceive a tiny little beam.
She steps in.
Her arms raise in FORMATION!
As her Spirit is lifted into the sky.
Colors in a distance.
Cascade down the ravine.
Unfurl beyond the land.
A gust of wind blows.
Tumbleweeds scatter her seeds.
The essence remains in the air.
Countless pass through on their way.
For a moment they savor eternity.
In the reflection of water,
A desert oasis.