Of muses and women

February 27th, 2013 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Articles

Each day I am inspired and warmed by the women who find Gather the Women, the women who post on our Facebook page, and the women who send emails out of the blue (if there is such a thing).  This morning, I found Sandy Wolk and The Return of the Divine Feminine gracing our Facebook page with her women sculpted from clay, and those women have been dwelling in my subconscious ever since. Her women rise up. They stretch. They blossom and burst out of stems. I want to fill my home with them. I want them in my garden. I want them sitting beside my books. Pour yourself a cup of tea or a glass of wine and visit http://www.earthsongsculpture.com.

There is a corner shelf in my Space here at home where the women statues I’ve collected over the years dwell. I can see them every time I am at my desk. They are beginning to look a bit, but I believe they will have company soon from Sandy’s fertile imagination. Perhaps it’s time to add some more shelves.

Would it make a difference in the lives of girls if they grew up seeing lovingly crafted women figures like Sandy’s around them at home, at their aunty’s house, or on their grandma’s shelves? If Sandy’s women could evoke such strong feelings in me, what could they do for girls just beginning to get a sense of their own bodies?

Today, another woman, this time from Georgia, found the video with Jean Houston* online, heard the phrase “Gather the Women”, and contacted us to learn more. She recently retired and is writing a book. In my mind and heart, I’m connecting these two women. One has found her muse and Gather the Women. The other found Gather the Women and perhaps a new muse. If you haven’t seen the video, I’ll share it with you.

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