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.