We are being beckoned by the greatness of All That Is into the fullness of Who We Are.
Along the journey, I notice old (but still very prominent) paradigm patterning — especially among women — compromising the very (sacred) essence of Who We Are.
We comply. We acquiesce. We maintain a pleasant persona. We defer. We apologize inappropriately. We remain silent in the face of abhorrent behavior. We silence ourselves. We silence other women. “Ssshhhhhhhhh,” we say.
Think about the many ways you are willing to sacrifice your unique expression. No, really. Think about it. Why do you do it? To keep the peace? To be accepted by others? To maintain the status quo? To simply fit in?
There’s a cost, you know. The cost is that we squelch our voices for so long, in so many little (seemingly insignificant) ways, that we forget we have a voice. When we forget we have a voice, we stop speaking (why bother?). When we stop speaking, our Divine life essence diminishes. When our Divine life essence diminishes, dreams (and entire life manifestations) cease to be realized in their fullness.
When we silently sacrifice our unique expression, we are subconsciously, but actively, participating in the compromise of ourselves, all women and all girl children. I ask: What deity does this behavior honor? In its perpetuation, what value does it serve?
Speak up, I say! Express yourself in the fullness of Who You Are, I say! You have a voice gifted to you by the Creatrix/Creator. No societal dictate or collective, silent agreement has authority over your personal expression. You are only accountable to yourself, your Creatrix/Creator, and The Collective that is impacted by the absence of your unique voice and your inability to express the fullness of Who You Are.
Too much is lost in the “shush.” Collectively and individually, we cannot afford the cost. Let it out, Sisters. Let it all out. You came to express the fullness of Who You Are. Let it be so. In every word, thought, action and feeling… let it be so.
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Great article! I agree that it is time for all of us to find and use our voices and to express ourselves fully and completely! Thanks for sharing!!
charlon bobo said:
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I would love to know how you are using your unique voice to express yourself fully and completely. Sharing how we do what we do is a very valuable way of learning from others. You are invited to share!
Henry Marina said:
such a great article. I feel being a man that your information works for both of the genders. I really enjoyed it and hope to read many more from you in the future.
charlon bobo said:
I agree: compromising who we are, whatever gender we are, is damaging to the collective. It’s vital that we each express Who We Are in that fullness.
Michael Elizabeth Marillynson said:
Thank you for deciding to publically venture into this neck of the woods. If you kept your incitement to full expression to “people” you would be treading on a relatively safe and well-trodden path. When you purposely and specifically open your arms to women and girls you are both risking a detour through the swamp, and inspiring people like me to trust and follow you.
I see your “paradigm patterning” as the that-which-must-not-be-spoken “p” – patriarchy, and I am convinced that patriarchy does, in fact, have authority over girls and women’s personal expression. So when you and any girls or women speak up in spite of this menace I am uplifted and meliorated.
In solidarity, Michael Elizabeth Marillynson
charlon bobo said:
Thank you for taking the time to join this discussion and for sharing your thoughts.
Responding specifically to your comment: “Thank you for deciding to publically venture into this neck of the woods. … When you purposely and specifically open your arms to women and girls you are both risking a detour through the swamp….”
I don’t know how much “I decided” on a conscious level. I am still trying to figure out exactly how I got here, and most importantly, what role I want to play and the method(s) of delivery.
Disclaimer: What follows is not a strategic plan to shift all the injustices on the planet relating to Patriarchy. It is a heart-felt, philosophical response inspired by your comments.
To describe my position most accurately (in this moment), it feels two-fold:
1. My first 47 years feel like preparation for this very moment in the evolutionary shift. As in, (I am operating on the premise that) I have a specific and ACTIVE role to play in Truth-Telling as it relates to all imbalance and injustice. But, “all imbalance and injustice” is a BIG nut and to be most effective, I want to focus… hence, my emphasis on supporting women by using my voice and my writing savvy as a means of raising awareness and providing thought- and action-options.
2. I have no choice. Of course, when it comes to acting on and aligning with what we each discern as our “calling” or “gift” or “purpose-for-being” we get to say Yes or No. (My belief is that) Nothing is ever imposed on us by Source, Divinity, The Universe, etc. We always get to choose, but there comes a pivotal, self-defining moment for each of us. I know you know what I mean. We’ve all had them. It’s that moment of choice… it literally comes down to one moment-of-decision: will I risk it all to live the fullest version of Who I Am (as a soulful being)?
When the inner discomfort, angst, restlessness, agitation stirs within; when we cannot do what we’re doing one minute more, THAT is the moment. When we step up and say Yes, that’s it. Doors are closed to What Was. New doors open to What Will Be. And with that solitary action, we align in conscious agreement to BECOME The Fullness of Who We Are.
To the depths of my heart, I am committed to humanity; to being fierce in embracing my role as a catalyst for change. Soulfully, that’s what I committed to do and when my day of illumination/accountability comes, with bold conviction and my face turned upward with pride, I will say, “In every moment, I did my best and my most.”
Blessings to you for the invitation given here to again speak my Truth in a safe haven of exploration. I hope my life is the invitation for others to do the same. I bow in gratitude to you. [insert bow here]
How well we have been conditioned to the Shhhhh. Our society has taught Women to put other’s needs first and quiet our own thoughts and feelings. We have done a great job of complying!
With the re-emergence of the Feminine energy on the planet, things are changing! We are standing up and saying, “NO more” to many things.
Men, too, will realize they have held in their thoughts and feelings for long enough.
Here’s to Blessed Balance and Harmony. Woop!
charlon bobo said:
Thank you for your comments and insights, Pam. WOOP, INDEED!