Did he really say that?! It was at a Peace Summit in Vancouver last September, when His Holiness the Dalai Lama told the packed audience, "The world will be saved by the Western woman." It makes sense he'd want to encourage Western women, who have achieved some level of personal and political empowerment, to fully engage that in this time of urgent change.
In a Huffpo article on this proclamation, writer Ariane De Bonvoisin says it can catalyze what's already stirring in many men and women -- a desire to be an active, inspired part of the great change that's happening in our world. She writes, "We are at a critical time in the evolution of our planet, a time where each one of us is waking up. We feel it. Our intuition is growing more acute. Our inner microphone, as I like to call it, is getting harder and harder to turn off, so that we can't just go along with our normal day. There's a rise in consciousness where we feel more connected to others, a part of something bigger going on, where we each have a role to play."
Ms. de Bonvoisin is just one of dozens of visionary women taking part in the Inspiring Women Summit starting tomorrow. It's a free global tele-conference with Marianne Williamson as a featured speaker, and you'll probably recognize a few other names. The message from the summit organizers is, "Women are at the core of the shift that is required. How can we inspire each other to make an even bigger impact and to live our most radiant lives?"
It's starting on May 1st, May Day, known as Beltane in the old religions. From the invitation, "We're launching the Inspiring Women Summit on the ancient day of Beltane - a day dedicated to the fertility of the earth and honoring of the Great Mother. It's an ancient day celebrating feminine power. Today, though, we are each called to not just honor a Goddess outside of ourselves but to actually BE the change."
It's easy to feel isolated, and get discouraged that the world is on a hopeless downward spiral. I'll be taking part in this summit, absorbing all the inspiration I can get. It does wonders for me to hear the voices of women who stand in their power. Being big gives others the permission to be big, as Marianne Wlliamson so famously says, "Your playing small doesn't serve the world. . . . We are all meant to SHINE!"