I met Marianne Williamson a few weeks ago. I doubt that anyone in our community needs further introduction, but just in case: Marianne is a much loved spiritual teacher and author of many books. Return to Love is one of her best known works.
Marianne and Buddhist scholar Robett Thurman were teaching a workshop a stone throw away from my house. I had family commitments for much of the weekend so I asked and was given permission to register for the Sunday morning session only. At the end of the session I walked up to Marianne to thank her for the engaging presentation. She looked at me and said,
“You don’t look familiar, I don’t think I saw you here earlier, have I ?”
“No,” I replied. “I couldn’t be here for the whole workshop but am so glad to have made it this morning.”
Hmm, I thought, she actually took notice of the fact that I was a new face in the group. And it was not a small gathering.
We spoke for a while about my work, the reproductive healthcare industry, the biological clock and how it can be used as a fear inducing marketing tool. Marianne listened attentively, then enthusiastically acknowledged the importance of what I was doing.
It was a brief exchange between two people who saw and heard one another.
It’s what all of us humans want perhaps more than anything else in the world. For someone to take a moment, however brief, and say, How wonderful that you’re here, I value who you are and what you do. That’s all. It’s as energizing to me as a couple of gallons of Red Bull I see the teenagers in our town get high on.
At the end of the Sunday workshop, Marianne asked for our support with an important project called Sister Giant.
I am supporting Marianne’s Sister Giant project because I believe in what it stands for. To me it’s about making sure the fertile female, the dreamer, the lover, the game-changer in us claims her power. It’s about remaining fertile and fruitful; about birthing creations that add to the Power of Good. These are ideas we’ve been championing in the Fertile Heart community since its inception. I’d love you to take a look at the brief video I recorded in support of the event. And for more information on Sister Giant go to www.SisterGiant.com.
I have an important previous teaching commitment that Saturday here in our community in Woodstock. Otherwise, I’d be there.
I must also confess that what moves me toward support is that brief exchange we had a few weeks ago.Being truly heard and seen in real time, even for a moment is a rare gift in this era of 50, 000 Facebook friends and 10,000 LinkedIn connections. Yes, I get the value of social media as an agent of change. I’m even beginning to have some fun using it myself. I also want to make sure that here in Fertile Heart land we keep alive the value of hearing and seeing one another. Voice to voice, face to face, one human to one human at a time.
When is the last time you felt fully seen and heard? Is there someone in your life who isn’t seeing and hearing you? What would it take to shift that relationship?