What does it mean to step into our light? To claim our light? To embrace our light?
It is about reclaiming our brilliance, our fire, our spark.
It is about embracing the truth that we women are forces of nature.
It is all about being an Unleashed Woman.
It means claiming authority over our own life and claims and confidently sharing our knowledge, education, and experience.
It means claiming space: physically by not trying to shrink our body; emotionally by allowing our emotions to be felt and processed; psychologically by speaking up when something doesn’t work for us; spiritually by having practices that feel right for us in connecting to the greater world, to nature, to the cosmic energy of the universe.
It means embracing and loving our Whole Self, unconditionally and unapologetically.
It means connecting deeply with others, especially other women.
It means being self-aware, trusting our intuition, feeling good in our own skin, and acknowledging and accepting the ebb and flow of life.
Stepping into our light, becoming the Unleashed Woman is about making and breaking our own rules. It is about living life on our own terms and not compromising who we are to make others feel safe or comfortable.
Claiming our light, becoming our own Unleashed Woman is about taking up space in our homes, our work spaces, our entire world. It is about using our voice, daring to be heard and seen, embracing our power, all without apology.
Connecting to our light and the Unleashed Woman within us is about accepting our “flaws” and imperfections. It is about not pretending to “know it all” or “have it all together.” It is about us making mistakes, but not beating ourselves up for it; instead apologizing and making amends when necessary and learning and then doing differently in the future.
Embracing our light, our power, our strength and daring is being an Unleashed Woman and seeing other women as comrades, as sisters.
It is about knowing who we are. Analyzing ourselves, our emotions, our actions and looking for deeper meaning for our reactions to things. It is about trusting our intuition and listening to our body. It is about allowing ourselves to feel the bad times as well as the good, knowing that in time, regardless, this too shall pass.
Reclaiming our light is also about stepping up and correcting the injustices we see in this world. It is about standing beside those who have been wronged and fighting with them to bring about justice and equality.
It is speaking out against our culture, not only in our being – also in our doing. This could look like going to protests or marches. It could look like donating money and or time to causes that call to us. It could look like raising our children to aware of the injustices in the world and showing the injustices in our history. It could look like listening and hearing and believing someone when they tell you of their own lived experience. It could look like voting from someone who you may not like, but know in the greater picture will be the better option for the oppressed, including you, in this country. It could look like calling out and in family and friends when they make a racist or ablist or misogynist comment or joke.
It could look like a million different things. And each of these things matter. Each of these are ways that we both step into our own light and create the space for others to step into theirs.
Because while this work is about us, it is also about our greater world community. It is about tearing down the oppressive systems we live under and building anew so everyone is free. It is about not only surviving, but thriving, both individually and collectively.
Because the truth is we cannot do this work alone, in a vacuum. The truth is not a one of us by ourselves can change the entire world. The truth is we need to do this work in community.
You and me and our all our brothers and sisters. Together.
Let’s do this thing.
(Below is a 20-minute video of me talking even more about this idea of reclaiming our light. I hope you enjoy it.)
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This is the fourth in a four-part series of essays and videos. Want to see the rest? You can find them here:
Reclaiming our light (this post)