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17 oct

The Dalai Lama’s Amazing Proclamation to Women!

WEEHis Holiness the Dalai Lama made a proclamation that stunned the crowd at the recent Peace Summit in Vancouver: “The world will be saved by the western woman.” And at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference where I will be speaking again this year, they sold an astounding 14,000 tickets in the first 20 minutes after registration opened. The theme is “Women, the Architects of Change.” Something big is stirring among women. And if you’re a guy reading this right now, keep reading! We need you, too, and you all have women you work with or are connected to in some fashion.

Most people I meet have a new fear—the fear of not being relevant, the fear of not making a difference, the fear of working on things that don’t really matter in the important times of transition we live in. We’re hungry to be part of making things better. We want to create, we want to do what we love again and find our voice. We sense intuitively that we have a critical role to play in shaping the future of our world. And yet, so many of us give in to excuses of not being good enough, young enough, smart enough, wealthy enough, creative enough. We still play small, still give in to the “victim” archetype. We still buy into what society’s beliefs are and put them right above our own.

Bu we don’t really have time for these fears. If I could create a vaccine, instead of the flu one, I’d create one against fear. It’s what holds us back, every one of us, in every area of our life. And, while we’re holding back, time just moves on faster than ever. 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. The most important thing isn’t to get the promotion, or stay in the marriage, or lose those 10 pounds. The most important thing is for us to remember who we are—why we are here—to do the inner work and find what are our “spiritual” reasons for being on the planet. Yes we do have something great to accomplish. Now. At any age. Wherever we are.

I am passionate about having us all take back our power, whether it be from our spouses, our jobs, our kids, our parents, our weight, whatever or whomever we lent it to. Ask yourself: To whom have I given my power?

As a fellow change optimist, I also want to share with you an amazing free series called Women on the Edge of Evolution: Awakening to the Power to Co-create our Lives and Shape our Collective Future. This series was created by my dear friends Katherine Woodward Thomas & Claire Zammit. They’ve been working hard with their team for months to bring together the world’s leading female spiritual luminaries, thinkers and agents of change. There’s no catch. We are all really volunteering our time to help anyone face these important questions and be part of a bigger change movement.


Posted by Ariane de Bonvoisin on October 17th, 2009 in Ariane, Global/Social Change | 3 comments Read related posts in , ,

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  • Hi Ariane

    I love your website, the speakers here and mostly I agree with the information you share.

    I am not sure however that I completely agree with the way this message is being portrayed. Maybe it’s just semantics, and I hope I don’t get disregarded as just a “defensive guy”, because I almost completely agree with the Dalai Lama in that the world will be changed by woman.

    But here is what I would add.

    1, Please don’t leave the men behind. We are your brothers, your fathers and most importantly your sons. That would be a man’s way of doing things. Bring us with you, dig deep and look for a solution that isn’t just about “positive discrimination”, but one that is about real change. A new value system for humanity as a whole.

    Your blog posted is focused on what woman need to do, not how we all need to change.

    2, I get “positive discrimination”. That is where it seems ok to talk smaller group to help them get stronger. To educate a class of special needs children for example, or my daughters self defense class.

    But at what point do you decide to withdraw that type of help and have the group grow as part of a whole. I believe it subconsciously says “you need special help, you are weaker”. Are woman really less powerful and less able than men today?

    You see in my world it isn’t men that are the main problem, it is other woman to each other. I know of course there are exceptions, but the people who are cruelest to my wife, my sister and my daughters are in fact other woman. Woman can be so dismissive of each other for no other reason than the wrong shoes, and your magazines aren’t about making the “sisterhood” feel strong, but instead insecure, vulnerable and in need of direction.

    3, But Ariane, the part that concerned me the most is where you say “I am passionate about having us all take back our power”. I get that, I totally do and honor you again for your work. I however don’t agree that people have to get it back.

    Do people really take away our power, or do we give it away by not using it?

    You see if I thought I had to have a battle to retrieve my power, I might be less inclined to believe I could get it back than if I just realized it was still alive in me already.

    Maybe instead of gone, its just a flame that doesn’t burn so bright and needs to be tended to.

    Woman, but men to, certainly need to ’start’ using their power. They need to stand up and be counted, they need to learn live with an open heart and they must re-find their truth and authenticity.

    Thanks again,

    Stay well


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