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A Return to Love

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“All began in love, all seeks to return in love. Love is the law, the teacher of wisdom, and the great revealer of mysteries.” —Starhawk 

“I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human being.” —Maya Angelou

Before countries, states, and city capitals were named, Mother Earth was here, providing nourishment, shelter, and flowing streams of fresh water. Before we fought over nationality, land, resources, religion, and ideology, babies smiled—not yet taught man-made laws or reasons for killing. Before the world’s religions existed, women gave birth, families formed, and communities gathered to care for one another.

March is Women’s History month. Normally, I would highlight individual women who made incredible contributions to our planet: Brave women who claimed the right to travel in space, practice medicine, and preach from the pulpit. And before them, brave women who demanded the right to vote and declared that no human should ever be enslaved. And before them, brave women who insisted on access to education. And before them, brave women who applied the healing properties of herbs to aide the sick, even at the risk of being burned at the stake. And eons before them, brave women who bled monthly and pushed forth life in a world newly born.

Birthing a better world has never been easy.

Today, women demand the right to be free of all forms of violence. Today, we declare the sacred to be not only our bodies but also Mother Earth in all her beauty and splendor. Today, we understand that we are the mothers of children everywhere. We perceive holiness in the eyes of every newborn child. We resolve that reverence for all living beings is a necessary virtue for any leader. We insist on the protection of our animal friends who freely roam this planet. We decree love for our brothers and sisters calling across the winds for kindness, respect, tolerance, and compassion. We proclaim world peace. And we remember that the universal principle of our religious and spiritual practices must be love.

When we go within, we return to the Source. When we listen, we can hear the voices of all who came before and all who will come after.

May it be so.

 

In joy & gratitude, 

Diana J. Ensign

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