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THE AWAKENING WOMAN: A PORTRAIT OF POSSIBILITY FOR HUMANKIND (By Jessica Bahr)

THE AWAKENING WOMAN: A PORTRAIT OF POSSIBILITY FOR HUMANKIND

The Awakening Woman is consciously aware of herself and strives to be intimate with all facets of her being. She is her own person as well as relational. She nurtures and honors the relationship with herself as well as with others. She is actively awakening and supports the awakening of those around her. Her devotion to herself allows her devotion to others to be genuine and nourishing. She is sincere, authentic, vulnerable and strong. She is protective, and accepts and values protection from others when appropriate. She establishes healthy boundaries while keeping an open heart.

The Awakening Woman is intimate with her painbody and the feminine wound. She does not deny her pain, but turns towards it for healing. She knows that the dysfunctional views and oppression of females/femaleness is nothing she caused, but acknowledges the ways in which she has participated or was complacent in the unjust treatment of women and the roles that support it, and chooses to no longer participate.

The Awakening Woman does not objectify herself. She stands against the objectification of girls and women. She does not support or consent to those things that degrade or exploit what is female or feminine as well as what is male or masculine.

The Awakening Woman fights for equality at every turn and asks people to take a stand for woman’s issues and gender equality, knowing that this is foundational to all other forms of equality. She will not allow deflection or take the blame for her own victimhood, but will not over-identify with it or over-dramatize it to where it immobilizes her or stunts her own growth.

The Awakening Woman does not use sex or her femininity to manipulate or get what she wants. She ceases to engage in love-making without heart, but rather chooses love-making that is connected, organic, fully mutual, and from the healthy ego. She will not allow sex to be used as a substitute for true intimacy, or a distraction from unresolved wounds. She is not afraid to be called a prude or a slut for making her own conscious decisions around sex. She does not let patriarchy, religion, politics, the media, or the unhealthy male ego define sex, beauty, or relationship for her. Her relationship to sex is her own and comes from within, not from what has been dictated to her all her life by a culture that doesn’t value healthy sexuality. She does not placate or sell herself out to gain male approval, nor does she compete with or sell her sisters out for male attention.

The Awakening Woman speaks her truth. She speaks up when things don’t feel good to her. She values her intuition over others’ intellect. She seeks to be empowered through the divine essence of her being coupled with the cultivation of a healthy ego, and not from external sources and adoration. She uses direct communication and knows how to ask for what she needs. She does not let the good qualities in another overshadow what isn’t working in a relationship. She knows when to walk away and gives up control of trying to change people who do not meet her where she is. The Awakening Woman moves on.

The Awakening Woman distinguishes between the healthy masculine and unhealthy masculine. She has compassion and empathy for the masculine wound and reverence for the healthy masculine. She seeks union and equality with the masculine and acknowledges and expresses gratitude for those times she’s had to call on the male warrior or masculine energies in her life. She sees the masculine and feminine energies as complimentary and necessary to the co-creative force that will bring balance to herself, her relationships and to the planet.

The Awakening Woman is self-parenting and protects the little girl inside. She does not tolerate emotional or physical abuse. She knows how to openly give and receive love, without losing herself in another. She is moving away from the ‘people pleaser’ model. She uses NO as a complete sentence and doesn’t feel the need to over-justify herself or pacify others for the sake of being ‘comfortable.’

The Awakening Woman knows her value even when she’s not giving to or doing for others. She does not let outside influences overshadow or dominate her inner voice and knowing. She does not dim herself down to be liked and accepted. She is willing to be alone in truth over being in dishonest company, and accepts that being alone may be a part of her awakening journey.

The Awakening Woman acknowledges and learns from her past mistakes, patterns and unhealthy behaviors. Instead of letting guilt and shame keep her from actualizing her highest self, she makes a conscious and concerted effort to not repeat these things that have caused her and others discord. She works at shedding the parts of her ego that are no longer serving her or others, while developing the parts that do serve.

The Awakening Woman loves and honors her body and is endlessly grateful for it and how it provides for her. She smiles at the lines in her face, knowing that’s how they got there to begin with. She embraces her humor and laughs from her belly. She also cries and rages from her belly. She lets her belly expand naturally. She puts self care before self image and looks deeply at her conditioning around her external image.

The Awakening Woman is emotionally literate. She can identify and process her feelings and takes responsibility for her emotions. She does not apologize for her feelings and expresses them healthily towards herself and others. She refrains from displacing her anger or other emotions. She walks her talk and admits and corrects it when she falters. She knows how to give a healthy apology for any misstep. She is actively identifying and integrating the disowned parts of herself and does not project her happiness or discontent, positive or negative qualities, onto others.

The Awakening Woman does not carry others’ emotions for them, but holds a loving, compassionate space for them when possible. She asks for others to be responsible with and for their emotions so as to not engender co-dependency. The Awakening Woman will not settle for a love partner who is not her equal and him/herself awakening.

The Awakening Woman works to come from a place of abundance rather than scarcity. She is intimate with her fear, knowing when to let it guide her and when to confront and move through it; she uses it and other emotions as sacred keys to unlock the depths of her soul. She goes to her edge, yet honors her limitations without judgment or shame. She makes it a priority to find some refuge in a world that can feel unsafe to her.

The Awakening Woman is connected to nature and knows her own wonder. She knows how to DO and how to BE. She does not succumb to materialism and unconscious consumerism. She creates more than she consumes; and  does both responsibly – mindfully choosing what is nourishing and not harmful.

The Awakening Woman has integrity within herself and with others. She is accountable, self actualizing and above all, works to cultivate a loving relationship with herself instead of relying on others to define her value or worth. She is finding ways to answer the callings of her life’s purpose and continues to expand into it.

The Awakening Woman is enough.

The Awakening Woman is a role model for humanity; the embodied potential of the divine as expressed through human form. She is here, right now; and though she often goes unnoticed, she is helping to guide us home.

© Jessica Bahr. Author in process. She can be reached at:  Relationshifting@gmail.com

*This piece is a companion piece to a blog Jeff Brown wrote in 2011 called ‘The Awakening Man: A Portrait of Possibility for Humankind, which you can read at http://www.spiritofmaat.com/jul11/the_awakening_man.html

In response to an invitation on his Facebook page for a companion piece, Jessica wrote this little bit of magic.
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Comments

Comment from Robin
Time April 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

This makes my heart sing. We have spent so much time talking about where we have been. Now we can talk about who we are becoming.

Comment from Pauline
Time April 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Your ‘light’ shines brightly, may it be an umbrella for those who are currently undergoing their transformation. The divine feminine in me honours the divine feminine in you !

Comment from Shann
Time April 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

Beautiful. Thank you.

The awakened woman generously shares her grace and feminine strength with the world.

Comment from Julie
Time April 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

This message resonates deeply within me. It puts into words all that I have been feeling and working on. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Comment from Llana
Time April 14, 2012 at 3:00 am

OMGosh…the universe and synchronicity. thank you.x

Comment from Jessica Bahr
Time April 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I’m glad for the resonance. Grateful to Jeff for posting 🙂

Comment from Goddess of Sacred Sex
Time April 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I want to see the masculine counterpart for our Awakening Men

Comment from Laura
Time April 27, 2012 at 8:46 am

Wonderfully written, powerfully organized by the Heart of the Feminine and complete. I am printing a copy for each of my teenage daughters with your permission dear Jessica…Your voice has a gift I believe for the ‘Daughters of the Feminine’.
With Gratitude,
Laura Taylor-Jensen

Comment from Jal Dimal
Time May 2, 2012 at 7:34 am

Very nice message! =] It really help us know and value our worth as a woman.

Comment from Jessica
Time May 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

@Laura, thank you so much for your kind words! You absolutely have my permission to print it for your daughters, I am honored. I am glad you felt resonance with it. Feel free to share the link with others if you feel called to do so.

Thanks again for your feedback 🙂

In love and light,

Jessica

Comment from viola woolcott
Time July 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

This is absolutely beautifully written and really speaks to me personally.

Thank you 😉

Comment from Lucille Brace
Time October 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

It is speaks to my soul and all that I intuitively believed my whole life. Thank you for writing it for all to read

Comment from Melva Ouliaris
Time January 28, 2013 at 8:24 am

Such substance. Its fills the unexplained with the power of language and affirms and deepens that which is already taking place

Comment from Ottmar Straub
Time March 20, 2013 at 6:49 am

Wonderful text, Jessica!
Almost perfect – thank you.
Just two things I like to mention as a man: I miss a few lines to the underlying judgement based on the father-wound against men, which is so destructive and self-deceiting.
Furthermore it is a role-model for women, not for men, even if the role-model for men is very similar in most respects. All the best!!!

Comment from Lyn
Time March 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

These words are amazing. It speaks my language and I am so grateful that you are sharing this. So many of us need to hear these incredible words of wisdom. I too am a work in progress and have been awakening to my true purpose for several years now and this resonates so much with me. Thank you very much.

Comment from Gina
Time March 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Thank you for this. Really.

Comment from Susan
Time March 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

So much beautiy and excitment in becoming.

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