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How grounded and at home do you feel today?

Our world inundates us with invitations to move up-and-out as we boldly take our place in culture as leaders and guides.

(I’m 100% into that, of course).

And yet I hear a deeper call whispering to us at the same time. Do you hear it? We’re being asked to show up with a profoundly expanded consciousness as we tackle the challenges of today, which means we must embody our intuitive, emotional intelligence and fully align ourselves with the authentic ground on which we stand.

That’s why I love this writing from the philosopher-poet David Whyte, Ground.

May it gently guide you home to your ground.

Ground is what lies beneath our feet.
It is the place where we already stand;
a state of recognition, the place or the circumstances
to which we belong whether we wish to or not.
It is what holds and supports us, but also what we do not want to be true;
it is what challenges us, physically or psychologically,
irrespective of our hoped for needs.
It is the living, underlying foundation that tells us
what we are, where we are, what season we are in and what,
no matter what we wish in the abstract, is about to happen in our body,
in the world or in the conversation between the two.

To come to ground is to find a home in circumstances
and to face the truth, no matter how difficult that truth may be;
to come to ground is to begin the courageous conversation,
to step into difficulty and by taking that first step,
begin the movement through all difficulties,
to find the support and foundation
that has been beneath our feet all along:
a place to step onto, a place on which to stand
and a place from which to step.

~ David Whyte, Consolations

I love David’s words, ‘find a home in circumstance’. When we gather up the ground on which we stand, honestly and truthfully, only then are we truly able to make the changes that are ours to make in our lives.

It’s very easy for our minds to leave the present moment and dream into the future – and I encourage that! However, for our powerful intentions and dreams to become reality – for the acorn to become the oak tree – we have to tend to the ground in which the seeds are planted.

We only know the fertility of the soil by taking the time to be honest about the state of our lives; our body health, our relationships, our sense of purpose and meaning in life, the job we do, the home that we live in.

So, my invitation to you today is to make the courageous step of standing on the ground of your very being. What is working for you and what is no longer aligned with your deepest essence?

Stand in the powerful place that your life and destiny has taken you to so far, right now, with all of its woundings, successes and victories, all of it. Claim your right to be here – ‘a place on which to stand and a place from which to step.’

Gather it all up, so that the steps you take in these critical times on our planet arise from your deeply embodied, soul essence. 

Honoring your ground,

PS: It’s easier to love the ground beneath our feet when we are receiving support and encouragement from other brave women on the path. If you aren’t already with us, I invite you to join our warm and buzzing Facebook community of budding Mysterials to open to the possibility of an amazing container for your journey.

I care deeply about the future of our world.

I’ve long been inspired by women who dare to listen to the clarion call to lead with emotional intelligence, intuition and courage in the face of uncertainty, to create the kind of future we all long for. Women like you. 

And though it’s true that we live in increasingly complex times, we also live amidst a wild upwelling of empowering knowledge, in a flowering of spiritual resources, and with the means to be in constant creative connection with one another.

Creative connection is key to this birthing process.

I saw this very directly when I was leading my leadership programs for women at Boeing several years ago. When women graduated from the programs they were given red beaded bracelet made by women in Africa in a business designed to fund women and girls in their communities. The bracelets were a powerful symbol of their courage and commitment to their own leadership development and women wore them with pride.

Many women reported wonderful stories to me of times when they would be in a business meeting sitting around the board room table, often with more men than women, and notice a red bracelet on another women’s wrist. Something special happened when they caught the eye of the other bracelet-wearing women; they gave each other a look of deep knowing. 

“I see you. We’re in this together,” they seemed to silently say.  

It’s normal for women to be gripped by a real fear when we dare to develop, change and rise – the fear that we’ll be alone if we really emerge in our full wisdom, love and power. It lives deep in the psyche of women. 

That’s why I want to celebrate you today, and remind you that you are not alone.

You are a key part of a collective RISING. 

You were born for these very times. Befriend your fear.  Have faith in what you cannot yet see. Ignite your courage and commitment to keep on walking forward even as the fog thickens and the sky darkens. The future generations of tomorrow are counting on you today.

And that’s why, having encouraged thousands of women’s innate leadership capacities, my favorite place in the world is to be in an intimate circle of women who are smart, loving, creative and ready to give birth to the next level of their authentic essence.

I love the shared experience of being a ‘murmuration’, moving courageously through our triggers and limiting beliefs to fulfill our potential, and fiercely supporting each other along the way.

I know what happens when we hold powerful visions for our individual emergence, fan the flames of our deep, inner knowing, and create new ways of leading which honor our self-care, self-expression and unique gifts. 

That’s exactly why I created the Mysterial Leadership Emergence Program. Mysterial Leadership Emergence is a 15-month program, with an intimate cohort of women, preparing them to expand their leadership influence and impact in a rapidly evolving, massively globalizing environment by skillfully accessing all of their innate potential as women, benefiting themselves, others, their organizations and beyond.

By saying yes to this journey, you are choosing to catalyze your emergence; in your work, your relationships and your leadership, so that your descendants can thank you from the future for your wise, loving, and powerful choices on their behalf.

I’ll be with you every step of the way, as your guide and mentor, and you’ll receive the support and sustenance of other brilliant Mysterial Coaches who truly care about your path of service, your fulfillment, and your success.

Paraphrasing the words of poet Mary Oliver, what you choose to do “with your one wild and precious life” has impact far beyond you. During this remarkable window of history, the outcomes of the path you choose will be greatly magnified and radiate across generations to come. 

With love,