Canadian Conveners’ Call January 2013

January 20th, 2013 | Posted by DeborahBee in Gather the Women


Conference Call, January 7, 2013


Diane – Please announce your full name & location when you join the call. If you can, please bring a candle to light during the circle opening, and a shawl, symbolic of the wisdom of our ancestors as well as your own to wrap around your shoulders. Both the candle and the shawl can be handled by your imagination if not otherwise possible. Circle leader is Diane Jung, Cameron, 0nt. Co-leader is Maia Heissler, Frankford, 0nt. Scribe is Erin Green, Calgary, Alberta.


Diane – Welcome, any newcomers. How good it is to bring in the new year with a bell to honour the four directions. (Four chimes). We look in two directions, one back to 2012, to the positive changes and challenges and one to 2013 and the changes to look towards.


Maia – Intention of our call is open communication across Canada. It took me a while to realize that the intention of the call was less about answering questions and sticking rigidly to an agenda, and more about opening and keeping communication with other women in this country.


Maia – The weeks since our last call have been extraordinary ones indeed. Apart from our usual excitement, preparations, and stresses around Christmas and New Year’s, there has been a lot of talk and discussion about global shifts and changes, about endings and beginnings. During this month of December, we have seen everything from fear, cynicism, and indifference to Hope that positive changes are actually quietly in the works. In spite of that, the month of December is still the one most associated with gifts. And so, as we check in, please share with us a significant gift you have received in the past few weeks. It need not be material in nature. Perhaps it was a feeling, a thought, or a special moment. Please try to keep our comments to a maximum of 1-2 minutes— starting with our sisters on Vancouver Island, to Alberta and so on to 0nt. –and to the east!


Pat – I received a delightful gift this year. Instead of exchanging gifts we found ourselves with an annual exchange of cheques, and promising not to cash the cheque and spend it frivolously. This year we exchanged token gifts instead. We had a good laugh.


Erin – This Christmas came with so many gifts, hard to think of just one. Last Christmas in my family Christmas was uncomfortable because of tension within my family. I was feeling quite uneasy about going to Christmas this year and talked to a wise woman about it. She told me that instead of focusing on how I feel, focus on how I can make this the best Christmas for my mom, for my cousin, for my aunt etc. That turned the whole thing around for me and I had a good feeling about Christmas instead of a bad one. I had the best Christmas in a long time, I was able to be open and honest with my family and talk passionately about my hopes and dreams for the future.


Jane – I received a profound gift this year: connections with others. When I needed to talk to someone, they were there, I was blessed with people coming into my life at the right time.


Michelle – High’s and lows’ this Christmas. Very challenging time. I’ve had to dig deep to find the strength to keep going. I’ve had to be honest with my partner about my feelings. She has had shingles for 6 weeks now and hasn’t been able to do much housework or be able to cuddle with me, which is important to us both. Our grandsons, Dan 10 and Jack 9, are the best of friends. At that age electronics are very important to them. They received tonka trucks for Christmas and watching them get back to being children, playing with the trucks and having a great time, was wonderful.


Maia – I received the best gifts this year: a better understanding of being authentic experiencing our own life and not experiencing others lives. I’ve always had an inadequate feeling when it comes to meditation as others receive messages and I don’t. So I went into the woods and asked for help with this and spirit said, “Don’t you get it yet? You get it naturally, it’s not necessary for you to be in a guided meditation.”


Diane – My daughter gave me wooden sign. On one side it says “Welcome to nana and poppa’s” and the other side says “Save the drama for the mama.” When my siblings come over, I’ll turn it around. I’m enjoying my gratitude journal.


Diane – Thank you for being so open in sharing,  January, the month of new beginnings and cherished memories, beckons us. Come. Let winter weave her magic spell of cold, crisp days and long evenings  by the fire– of savoury suppers, story telling, or solitary joys . Outside the temperature drops as the snow falls softly. All of Nature is at Peace. We should, too. Draw hearthside. This is the month to dream, to look forward to the New Year ahead and the journey within.


Diane – Can we each read a paragraph of the poem “Imagine a woman” Starting with Pat in the west. Then afterwards I’ll play a short song entitled “What One Woman Can Be” by Karen Drucker.


Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honours her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself .
A woman who listens to her needs and desires
Who meets them with tenderness and Grace.

 Imagine a woman who acknowledges the past’s influence on the present,
A woman who has walked through her past
Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the Divine in her image and likeness 
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life

Imagine a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.


Imagine a woman who honours the face of the Goddess in her changing body,
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom,
Who refuses to use her life-energy disguising the changes in her body & life.


Imagine a woman who values the women in her life
A woman who sits in circles of women     
Who is reminded of the Truth about herself when she forgets


Imagine yourself as this woman.    
 — Patricia Lynn Reilly


Song – “What One Woman Can Be” by Karen Drucker.


Diane – As we read this poem, I’m hoping that it may stimulate something within each of our own hearts that needs to be brought forth. And after we read it, we invite each one to say which part resonated or inspired you — and why. And to consider this question also: What epiphanies or insights are motivating positive changes for you at this time? How does this inspire you to be a woman in our world today? What does it call forth from you to make a difference?  Also any goals you may have for 2013. Starting again from the west with Pat Gagnon, we pass the talking stick from west to east …


Pat – I saw my mother in this poem, the women she was and the woman she planned I should be. Somewhere along the way I’ve learned that to manifest something, you fake it till you make it. This poem is me and I am so happy to say that. To manifest something I see it as if it’s already happened.


Erin- I have just recently learned of manifestation. I had my handwriting analyzed by a writing analyst and one of the things she told me was that I am living in a very unhealthy/secluded way. After our meeting I had some deep thoughts about what she had said and decided that I wished I could change how I lived but I didn’t know how. I had no plans of moving. I prayed about it and wished with all my being that something would change in the situation. About 5 days after this, a friend called me (on the 21st of December of all days) and asked if I would be interested in moving in with her. I believe I manifested that situation into being.


Jane – Thank you for your lessons. The part in the poem where it says: “A woman who has walked through her past. Who has healed into the present” resonates with me. I’ve come to a lot of realizations about my past. I also liked the part where it says “Imagine a woman in love with her own body. A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.” Respecting it just the way it is as a vessel for my soul.


Michelle – Profound. I feel like I’m growing into the woman in the poem. Being part of the GTW community is important to me. I’m feeling new, having a sense of grace.


Diane – Like you’re growing from a caterpillar into a butterfly.

Maia – I’m celebrating life energy, I accept myself, I’m not wasting energy trying to be someone else. Everyday gives us opportunity to chart a new course.


Diane – Big year for me and my mother, both of our birthdays are in April. I was born on Good Friday. I’ll be entering a new decade this year. I would like to visit each sister across Canada.


Diane – How do you feel about your role in GTW?


Pat – I’m in retirement, I am involved with 5 different organizations and have a very busy life. I’m careful about taking on too much because I’ve learned that lesson. I’m welcoming of Diane and to sitting in circle with her.


Erin – I would be excited to sit down with you, Diane, and am hoping to start my own circle here soon.


Jane – I’m in awe. GTW has been a life saver for the women in circle. Letting my inner child out and letting her do what she likes to do.


Michelle – GTW has been the best thing that happened to me in the last year. I’m looking at starting a new circle here.


Maia – I’m involved with different groups of women. Spontaneity is very important in my life. Sacred idleness, sacred play are really important.


Diane – Thank you so much, Next call will be Pat as Co-leader. Do we have anyone who would like to lead? No? Okay, we’ll send an email out. Next call will be Monday, January 28th.


Maia- Quick suggestion. Try something once a week that you have never done before. Talk with a stranger, take another route.





–       By Diane Jung





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