We are in strange and challenging times. It seems that just when bonds were deepening and new threads of connection were being formed, fear and small-minded thinking now threaten to unravel our foundation as a nation. Yet born of such crisis, women are uniting, empowered and joyously strong! Perhaps it is for these times that Eckhart Tolle wisely wrote, “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.”1 The collective awareness is facing the darkness before its greatest light and the response is a growing harmony in the collective voice.
Women are collaborating to create support systems that nourish our common needs while celebrating our diversity. In The Chalice and the Blade, author Riane Eisler highlights that historically, matriarchal societies functioned cooperatively compared to competitively based patriarchal ones. She notes, “It is evident that there is another logical alternative: that there can be societies in which difference is not necessarily equated with inferiority or superiority.” Eisler’s mouldbreaking book reminds us of what has begun to emerge: the fuel of misogyny that has simmered throughout generations is roaring in to flames, with the potential to burn itself out, making way for a new matrix of being on this planet.