I believe the purpose of life is to be constantly learning, growing, evolving.  But it’s hard to evolve if you’re not sure what you’re trying to evolve into.  A friend passed this poem along to me recently, and it so perfectly encapsulated my aspirations that I have adopted it as a womanifesto.  So if you want to know what I am seeking to become, here it is:


Imagine A Woman, by Patricia Lynn Reilly

Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is woman.  A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.  Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present.  A woman who has walked through her past.  Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman in love with her own body.  A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.  Who celebrates her body’s rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman who embraces her sexuality as her own.  A woman who delights in pleasuring herself.  Who experiences her erotic sensations without shame or guilt.

Imagine a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.  A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.  Who refuses to use her precious life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman who has access to the full range of human emotion.  A woman who expresses her feelings clearly and directly.  Who allows them to pass through her as gracefully as a breath.

Imagine a woman who tells the truth.  A woman who trusts her experience of the world and expresses it.  Who refuses to defer to the thoughts, perceptions, and responses of others.

Imagine a woman who follows her creative impulses.  A woman who produces original creations.  Who refuses to color inside someone else’s lines.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.  A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.  Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman who refuses to surrender to gods, gurus, and higher powers.  A woman who has descended into her own inner life.  Who asserts her will in harmony with its impulses and instincts.

Imagine a woman who is interested in her own life.  A woman who embraces her life as teacher, healer, and challenge.  Who is grateful for the ordinary moments of beauty and grace.

Imagine a woman who authors her own life.  A woman who trusts her inner sense of what is right for her.  Who refuses to twist her life out of shape to meet the expectations of others.

Imagine a woman who participates in her own life. A woman who meets each challenge with creativity.  Who takes action on her own behalf with clarity and strength.

Imagine a woman who has crafted a fully formed solitude.  A woman who is available to herself.  Who chooses friends and lovers with the capacity to respect her solitude.

Imagine a woman who refuses to diminish her life so others will feel better.  A woman who brings the fullness of her years, experience, and wisdom into each relationship.
Who expects others to be challenged and blessed by her presence in their lives.

Imagine a woman who assumes equality in her relationships.  A woman who no longer believes she is inferior to men and in need of their salvation.  Who has taken her rightful place beside them in the human community.

Imagine a woman who refuses to use her precious life-energy managing crisis and conflict.  A woman whose relationships deepen in satisfaction and contentment without depleting her.  Who chooses friends and lovers with the necessary skills to navigate thorough the challenges of life.

Imagine a woman who values the women in her life.  A woman who sits in circles of women.  Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine a woman who has relinquished the desire for intellectual safety and approval.  A woman who makes a powerful statement with every word she speaks, every action she takes.  Who asserts to herself the right to reorder the world. Imagine a woman who has grown in knowledge and love of herself.

A woman who has vowed faithfulness to her own life and capacities. Who remains loyal to herself.

Regardless, Imagine yourself as this woman.


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