Many many years ago I had a dream. The details of the dream have faded, but one scene remains clear. I encountered a wise woman, in the form of blues guitarist/singer Rory Block. (The unconscious mind is a creative genius!) I asked Rory what I should do with my life. “Why am I here?” She laughed, and said “Well, Celia – you know the answer to that! You are here to empower women!”
I awoke immediately from the dream.
I didn’t have to write it down to remember.
Since I was 16, I have been a feminist. I make no bones about that. In my mind, bringing full equality to women and girls is a no brainer. It has taken me a lifetime to understand the full cost of the disempowered feminine in our culture. I have felt the painful weight of patriarchal domination in both the decimation of our planet, and in the wounds of the women and men I serve.
The question for me hasn’t been that I find a way to “empower women”, it is how I find a way.
It has been said that the purpose of one’s life can be found at the intersection of one’s talents and one’s passions. I also know how important it is to pay attention to what is being asked of one in life. I have found myself serving the empowered feminine in multiple ways during my career, with both women and men.
My “mission” is a clear one. I hold a candle, a sword, and a song in service of honoring the fullness and beauty of feminine power in this world.
As Sojourner Truth said, “Ain’t I a Woman?”