A love letter to my Spirit Weavers sisters and all people who come together for intentional gatherings, classes and ceremonies.
After reflecting on my experience at Spirit Weavers Gathering this year, there are some things I'd like to share with the humble understanding that we're all learning together how to reweave ourselves into a more balanced way of living.
I had such a beautiful experience at this event and returned home feeling filled with love and nourishment from the land and fellow sisters. But of course as in any ceremony, there is a shadow side and challenges to face. I certainly had a few hours during the gathering when I had to look into my own old story about "not belonging." I hope the thoughts below are useful and I would love to hear your feedback.
There is no "right" spiritual outfit or look
There is no amount of things, outfits, accessories or experiences that you can gather to make yourself different than who you are. Yes, many of us love fashion and the opportunity to dress up and express our bright and wild natures, but let's not confuse the right shade of cream and the perfect woven basket with enlightenment or a deeper connection with spirit.
Each person has their own medicine
Your true medicine is not something you can advertise on a t-shirt or the right earrings. Your true medicine is the blooming flower inside your heart that we catch glimpses of through your smiling eyes, your kind words, your heart-felt listening, a gentle touch. The truth is you are beautiful. You are enough.
Serving others is the best form of gratitude
Everyone has medicine but not everyone has had the opportunity or privilege to explore who they really are. If you've been given the gift of healing experiences, ceremonies, earth-honoring teachings and mentorship in your life, consider yourself lucky and express your gratitude by being of service to others. Think about, you have been given so much. Pass it on.
Reach outside the comfortable
Sit with a woman who's eating alone, strike up a conversation with someone who looks different than you, ask a mom if she needs a hand, introduce people to each other. We come together at events like Spirit Weavers to create the world we want to live in. So let's treat each other as sisters and comrades in the great re-weaving of our collective story.
Walk respectfully as a teacher
If we show up specifically as a teacher or facilitator, the way we carry ourselves throughout a gathering matters. Inside and outside of a particular class or offering, the way we treat others is part of the greater learning. Treat questions with respect, even if they come across as ignorant to your ears. It can take a lot of courage for some people to speak out in a public setting and every moment can be a teachable moment. If you're not able to make it a teachable moment, it's ok to kindly but firmly state something like this, "I'm not able to answer that question at this time but I may be able to point you toward other resources." If we're really being honest, we are all teachers because we've all been gifted the wisdom of life experiences that are unique to us. So let's show up that way.