Indra’s Net Over Time

July 17th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

By Barbara Belknap “Suspended above the palace of Indra, the Buddhist god who symbolizes the natural forces that protect and nurture life, is an enormous net. A brilliant jewel is attached to each of the knots of the net. Each jewel contains and reflects the image of all the other jewels in the net, which …
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Oh, Canada!

July 12th, 2014 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Circles | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

Before I found Gather the Women Global Matrix, I knew a grand total of three Canadians. All three of them lived in Port Angeles, Washington, when we were stationed there with the Coast Guard in the mid-1980′s. Gail and Lyle were from Victoria directly across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles. Lea …
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“Is Gather the Women an Activist Organization?” That is the subject of a June 8th post on Gather the Women’s Facebook page, and it is beautifully written. I am 66 years old. My memories of American activism center on the Women’s Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power, the Americans with Disabilities Act. All of …
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“Gather the Women. Save the World.” Those simple phrases caught my attention many years ago and hold it still. On May 13th, Ann Smith, GTW Regional Coordinator, Millionth Circle Convener and Circle Connections founder in Naples, Florida, posted a link to a short YouTube video on the GTW Facebook page called “Women of the World …
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Timelines

November 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Circles | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

   Earlier this month, I signed up for Christina Baldwin’s “Spirituality & Practice: Restorying Your Life” online writing course. Lessons show up in my inbox with robust titles like, “From Victim to Victor” and “The Art of Restorying-Living What is Now”. Our first task was to write a timeline of our lives.    I attempted …
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Balance of Power

November 4th, 2013 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Circles | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

“You have much more power when you are working for the right thing than when you are working against the wrong thing.” Who wrote that? I have no clue. At some point, I wrote it in my notebook. This morning, I took a blue marker and copied it on to the whiteboard in my sanctuary. …
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3R’s and 3W’s

September 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Circles | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

Do you have little scraps of paper in and around your desk or table? Are there scribbled notes in the margins of the meeting agenda? Early this morning, I was getting ready for our Gather the Women Conveners call and there was a hard copy of an email from Angie Lux, our Treasurer, on top …
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Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes August 2013 Dear Brave Souls: A Message from Elders Tonight, a small group of us elders were talking about how we have to continue to speak up, and say even more about the institutionalization of the sacred, the basis for educating young-young souls, the once numinous idea that has now become …
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By Pat Kammer, GTW Victoria, Canada It came to me today that most of us don’t have an original thought. We are being spoon-fed through books, schools, television, radio, computers, i phones, i pads, from the pulpit as well as from each other. All of these sources belong to the realm of what is accepted …
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Sacred Activism

May 4th, 2013 | Posted by Barbara in Activation | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

After reading recent posts on our Gather the Women Facebook page this morning, I was looking for a term that would describe all the inspirational things our Gather the Women women do,  and “sacred activism” rose to the top. I think that Andrew Harvey coined the phrase and he defines it this way: “Sacred activism …
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