We have a dream….

Martin Luther King’s famous words “I have a dream…” came to mind yesterday at the Women on Fire conference, when a few hundred women and a handful of mindful men gathered in the majestic beauty of Central Hall, Westminster.

Eleanor Roosevelt said “the future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams”

I do so believe in the power of my dreams and yesterday this was multipied100 fold with a whole audience of amazing women. Let me tell you more.

I experienced the fire of women come alive through this wonderful day; I heard their stories, trials and tribulations, victories and wisdom shared in an amazing uplifting energy to bring their dreams alive. The collective dream of those women gathered shines a new ray of hope and possibility, of aligning with Mother Earth with our female wisdom to seed new generations of healthy children, to support the underdog, to create new rules through current systems yet with a female vision of creative collaboration and great integrity; we seek the justice and care for all, as all deserve so because they are human beings; to defuse the power politics of the minority who hold all the wealth and power and deal with rough justice and not fairness; to spread kindness across all peoples, all communities, all nations.

Our dream is that women are heard, clearly, loudly, with due care and attention, and that we voice our truths in ways that men will hear and all women will grace with honor and pride. Our dream is that collectively and singularly we reach our pure and natural potential to bring harmony and goodwill into everyday existence, to be practical in our co-parenting and joint decision makers in world affairs, in corporate life, in our workplaces, homes and playgrounds. Women coming together, bringing fire from the source of Mother Earth into our bodies, hearts and minds, into our spirit, into our dreams “we too have a dream…” and we will be heard now!

In all of this, “I pledge my dream to help co-create a world where men and women truly understand each other, recognize and respect our natural contributions to life and business and society, and value our different attributes; a world where we truly have a partnership style not born of the past but of the future potential to truly be equal in the co-creation of our world; truly listening, observing, trusting and collaborating with each other on a new blueprint for life.

I have a dream that we can create life where there are no abusive relationships, no tortured families, no bullied schoolchildren or harassed employees; no wars, no crime and no damaging behaviour; a world where women are honoured and men are loving, where women value their natural female beauty and nurturing energy alongside their strength and courage; and men value their natural lead yet know their potential to embrace emotions – both dancing together in a natural alignment and flow.”

I commit to the happening of my dream – that all women’s voices will be heard and valued – that all will shine their natural value in honour of Mother Earth, to understand that we too take responsibility alongside men for the damaged world we live in our current daily existence; whether economically or socially challenged, whether in dangerous territory, or in civilized lands, women have not stood truly together to have one voice heard by men.

Sisters, we have no time to argue or condamn, to moan or complain; we must work fast to save our endangered world, our dimished family units, our rising crime rates and wars around the world killing our young men. Women have a vital role, a life giving nurturing role and together we can make the difference.

I declare my dream to bring collaborative between all parties, men and women, generations, communities, nations and religions; enabling all to come to the table, to the campfire, to the light; to engage in magical conversations. I declare my passion to educate young and old in the natural differences we bring to that conversation; to use my full skills and expertise to spread knowledge for all to learn; to teach people how to engaged in conversations that enhance their life and everyone elses; to help people transform their negative assumptions, release constraints and live a full and meaningfull life; to participate fully in the fire of love and compassion that can heal our world; and to seek through these conversations to achieve a new way to live together with respect and integrity.

How do I plan to do this ; with your engagement, your support, your contributions; through shared spaces, declared intentions, shared stories, shared knowledge; through bringing people’s great stories into public gaze, honestly and with truth and conviction; to do so through media, TV, internet, interviewing wise and courageous women and men who are stepping up to be the pioneers of our world transformation.

Many of these pioneers were at Women on Fire, both on stage and in the audience; this is the great beginning, Thank you Judith, thank you Lucia, without you and all your helpers this wouldn’t have happened, I am so blessed to know you and all there to be on this journey together, here’s to meeting again very soon and stoking up the fire!

A poem for today – Women on Fire

Women on Fire, Women inspire, together we are wise,
Our reality occurs to us daily; our hearts are soft, our will is strong,
Our true value is yet unknown even to our selves.
It’s time to recognize we are all one, mothers of a new world;
Here to love not fear, our kindness will kindle a future of hope.
We need a realization that we can forgive, the past is past,
Surely we are responsible for what happens next?
Let make sure it is inclusive embracing, collaborative, enriching,
Abandon now the competitiveness between sisters,
Instruct a new paradigm, a stand for integrity, a wholeness that brings joy,
Not born of yesterday, but seeded with our hearts and wombs.
A new blueprint for life and work, for families, for parenting, for abundance,
Breeding a society that serves all, dependants and workers alike,
Humanity for humanity, fair for all and love for everyone.

Written by Pauline Crawford 23.04.2011 for Women on Fire

Women on Fire

Last night I met more amazing women, as I do so now regularly as I spread the word about my work and my life transition. I am committed to bringing women together in their glorious sisterhood, helping them find their individual beauty and ensure their courage and ability to be their best in all they do, personally, professionally and as the goddesses we are born to be!

We were at a fabulous party held in Westminster to celebrate the 4th birthday of The Pink Shoe Club, founded by Helene Martin Gee, an outstanding leader and amazing loving woman. Many fabulous females were gathered (and a few men) to celebrate the night with laughter and warmth, blessing each other’s company.

Diana and Gayle, two new friends, greeted my stories with such glee and abundance (I hope you are reading this today) and my dearest friend, Maryon, all reminded me once more about the power of sisters that can help transform our world and our lives with men.

My thoughts went to the many fabulous women who have influenced my life over the years and especially today; my mother, my sister, my daughter and granddaughter; many others who I love and honour in my life; too many to name here. I am so fortunate to be blessed with wonderful girlfriends. They are important and are sisters to me and I open my heart to embrace them.

As often does when women chatter, our conversation last night turned at one point to women not getting on with other women and how sad that is to behold. A comment was made that women are so complex, they often would be badly behaved with other women and not bring out the sisterhood unilaterally. What happens when women don’t get on and why does this seem to wound us in our very essence?

Can we maintain ‘sisterhood’ consistency as women work together?

Often women who build businesses together have complimentary styles, one slightly more masculine, one slightly more feminine; this is our natural balance, the yin and yang of our gender, yet when we fall out, we bitch about it in a loud and nasty way that you don’t see men doing. We get emotionally fraught; it is our way to be cats! Many women report that it is much easier to work for a man as senior women cut them off from progress. When women strive to be engaged in politics, entrepreneurship and social re-order, they can often fall foul of shifting too far into alien behaviour (maybe because it’s a MALE enclave) and immediate women are labeled aggressively as ‘being like a man’! Whenever a woman behaves badly it goes against all of us: when men behave badly, other men ignore it.

I do believe that women can surmount this by drawing on all our natural talents and unique yet female styles, creating a new blueprint of inclusiveness with men but not having to go on working on the old map of work, the tough ‘dog eat dog’ world. We are a different species, beauty and diverse within our gender, but none the less all goddesses!

Thankfully I see a shift, a knowingness that we are sisters, I see evidence that more women want to bond together, to find a language in business and in life that manages all the wounds that have appear over the last centruies. It is time to bring our soul intentions together and bring kindness to rule the world not terror.

This Saturday Women on Fire is gathering women (and a few men) together at Central Hall Westminster to embrace, to chatter, to be grounded to our earth energy and to ignite the power of the fire within us; not to burn the world down with fear, but to light the light of love and shine a beacon to shine for all. Join us.