I just spent 6 days in circle with 15 beautiful women in a "Goddess island", as one woman called it, in the mountains of Itahca, New York. I miss it.
Jalaja taught me so much, and with such humility, and always with a sense of respect for the circle.
Carl Jung called the circle: “the archetype of wholeness and divinity.” I think I'm starting to get it.
Jalaja describes how "humans have been gathering in circles for hundreds of thousands of years, and have always revered the circle as a powerful healing agent".
This work is different from other women's groups because the circle invokes the sacred. That might sound religious, but no one had to subscribe to any specific beliefs or dogma to fit in. It wasn't about any set of beliefs or norms really. We just had to be present to ourselves, to the other women, and OPEN to other sources of guidance too... whether that be feelings, dreams, or whispers from beyond.
The Circle cultivates qualities traditionally associated with the feminine, such as gentleness, receptivity, compassion, nurturance, and beauty. Our world so needs these ways!!!
The quality of The Circle that I felt personally most impactful was the spaciousness. Inner and Outer. I was reminded that a busy achievement-oriented mind can really get in the way of embodying our deeper wisdoms. It's so valuable to honour the many facets of the mind, and its mental concepts, yet, we must remain open in heart too.
When women gather in circle, the work we are doing is not just for us as individuals; we really are doing collective work. Jalaja says that "war would not exist if it were up to women". She says: "Unless we can muster the courage to lay down our weapons, let go of our defenses, own our vulnerability, and connect in intimate and authentic ways, our species will not survive".
I feel this truth on so many levels.
Look forward to sharing our deepening in heart with you ... hopefully in circle ... I'll be holding one in the New Year so keep your ear to the ground!