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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

You Matter...

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. 
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web,
we do to ourselves. 
All things are bound together.
All things connect."
~Chief Seattle

Sept. 9, 2008
Sylvie- you and I will stand side by side revolutionizing a sacred feminine movement.
I twill start with event with the women we know
and it will grow form there...
It is thru both of our journey;s that we will 
bring together worlds.
Our view are diverse
representing the diversity in creation, human life, mother nature.

(me and Sylvie)

That journal excerpt was a premonition that I received from my spirit guide Arlene 
while journalling one morning a coffee house
I wrote down as it came to me
and the next day called her to tell her.

we were surprised
and yet not

 and even
a little scared
(just had to share these funny shots)

But we were open and waited
till we both felt the time was right.

At the end of summer I once again felt the push
to discuss it with her.
Even as I walked up the hill to the coffee house we had arranged to meet
I heard the voice of doubt
"Why bother"
"Don't bring it will be too hard."
Do you thing you could really do it???"

But my journey has taught me to face my fears
and I wanted to move through this one
I trusted what was given to me those years ago
and trusted the press I felt on my heart
to revisit that place
so we met
and I place it out again before her
my desire to unite with her
and facilitate woman's workshops
She was open
and after some time we made plans 
for our first collaboration.

And that collaboration birthed our Workshop
Thirteen woman gathered in a beautiful setting
we opened heart
shifted thought 
realized just how connected we are
reconnected with ourselves
opened up to connections with others
envisioned ourselves as threads
in the beautiful tapestry of life
seeing how each thread is as important as the other

there was the realization 
that we all come from the same Source
and in each other 
we see ourselves.

"It really boils down to this: 
that all life is interrelated. 
We are all caught in an 
inescapable network of mutuality, 
tied into a  single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one destiny, 
affects all indirectly. "
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

The journey of connection begins with self.
how we connect with ourselves
reflects in how we connect with others
and the world around us.

 "Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you're still one body. It's exactly the same with God. By means of  God's Spirit, we all say good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. Each of us is now a part of Love's body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive.
 I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn't just a single part blown up into something huge. It's all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, "I'm not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don't belong to this body," would that make it so? If Ear said, "I'm not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don't deserve a place on the head," would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that Love has carefully placed each part of the body right where it is needed.
But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn't be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, "Get lost; I don't need you"? Or, Head telling Foot, "You're fired; your job has been phased out"? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the "lower" the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it's a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn't you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?
 The way our bodies are designed is a model for understanding our lives together as a community: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don't, the parts we see and the parts we don't. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance."
~ The Bible

" It is man's social nature 
which distinguishes him from the brute creation.
If it is his privilege 
to be independent
it is equally his duty to be
Only an arrogant man will claim
to be independent of everyone else
and be self-contained"
~ Mahatma Gadhi

For our first go 
it was a great day
nervous butterflies and all.
What a privilege to spend the day
with such courageous group of women
Women willing to go out on a limb
for growth and expansion.
a privilege
a gift

We will be running this workshop again
Oct. 27th-2012
Feb. 23rd-2013
May 4-2013
if you are looking for a place to connect
*keep  us in mind* 

I can't be me
with out you

Love and Light


  1. I think you and Sylvie are doing an amazing thing. I wish I lived closer, I'd be there. xoxoxo

  2. Me too. Wish it was possible;) have a bonding day;)

  3. Wow Cat, well done on launching out on the new adventure! It sounds like it was an amazing day and hopefully the first of many!

  4. Wow! your posting is awesome. Thank you for that.
    This is just the beginning...

  5. Thanks to you and Sylvie for following your hearts, putting yourselves out there and making a difference in the lives of many women. It is awesome that you have made specific dates for the next workshops, I know many women will be blessed. It was a beautiful day of connecting, learning and growing - thanks again!

  6. Such bravery and stillness to put this forward, to put yourselves forward. Beautiful and so needed. xo

  7. I can't wait to hear more about how it all went. I was thinking of you like crazy this particuliar weekend.. thoughts and prayers going out for you and those women who came :)

    I loved reading this... what an incredible journey of stepping towards and through fear, and living from and through heart. I am all smiles... what a gift to those women, as I know it always boomarangs around and is a gift to you and your sweet soul friend.


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