Whether or not you love Hillary Clinton or hate her, something happened this week that is amazing and wonderful and that we have to stop and take a moment and acknowledge. For the first time, a woman became the Presidential nominee of a major political party in the United States.
This is truly a huge thing for women and girls. To see that this can be done breaks down a gigantic barrier.
But it does something more. This kind of breakthrough, this kind of shattering, has an even deeper impact on the energetic vibration of the planet. This is a type of liberation, a freeing of constricted energy that has the capability of raising the vibration of the entire planet. We all feel the reverberations, whether or not we are consciously aware of it.
This week one of the commentators at the Democratic convention was telling the story that he was talking with his 5 year old daughter and saying “you can be anything you want, you could be President of the United States”. She looked at him and said “that’s for the boys”. Even at 5 years old, even with a father telling her “you can be anything you want to be”, she already knew the constraints that are out there.
There’s something about seeing someone do it, that makes it seem possible. And that can have a huge impact.
When I heard him tell the story about his daughter, it reminded me that growing up in Iowa, it was made clear to me that my No. 1 Job was to find a husband. My mother’s constant mantra was “You are all going to college, the boys are going so they can become doctors and lawyers and the girls are going so they can catch a doctor or lawyer and then be able to carry on a conversation with their college-educated husband”. That sounds so funny in this day and age, but that’s how I was raised.
When I got to college, within 2 weeks I had “caught” one – a pre-law student and we got married the following summer. Looking back, I think I was so programmed, that I unconsciously zeroed in on him with my huge radar. Three years later, Mike was accepted into Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. We moved to Washington in 1973 and for the first time I saw women who were going to law school. Not very many of them, but there were some.
Then I got a job working as a secretary for our Congressman from Iowa, Ed Mezvinsky (he is now Chelsea Clinton’s father-in-law). Ed’s Legislative Assistant — Doris — had just graduated from law school and was a practicing attorney.
Growing up in Iowa I had never seen any female attorneys. There certainly weren’t any on TV or in movies. For the first time, it occurred to me that rather than being a secretary, maybe I could be an attorney. I next got a job working for Abe Fortas (the former Supreme Court Justice) and he encouraged me to apply to law school and wrote a fantastic letter of recommendation for me and I got into law school.
I’ll never forget that when I told my mother that I wanted to go to law school, her reaction was “Why?”. I had already ‘caught’ a husband, why would I want to go to law school? My father, on the other hand, was very proud of me and actually a little impressed.
The amount of sexism and sexual harassment I had to endure over the 20 years that I was an attorney was really quite staggering, as I look back on it now. And what’s amazing to me, is that everyone just kind of acted like “that’s the way it is”. I love it so much that even though it still goes on, it’s way better than it used to be.
But I have to say that back when I took my first Women’s Studies class in 1973 if anyone had told me where we would still be today in 2016, I wouldn’t have believed them:
– it’s crazy that women still only make 78¢ on the dollar for what men make for the same work
– it’s unbelievable that there are places in the world where it’s illegal or very much discouraged for girls to go to school
– it’s incomprehensible that girls are still subjected to genital mutilation in some parts of the world
Sexism and misogyny are still alive and well in the world and that’s why this breakthrough is such a big deal and why it’s so important for all of us to acknowledge it and applaud it. I didn’t grow up being told that I could do anything I wanted. Little girls now are being told that and they’ve just seen an example of it. That will have an impact on girls around the world and that is a good thing.
We’ve come a long way. We still have a long way to go. Something good happened for women this week, and I for one want to acknowledge it.
But on an even larger scale, I want ALL of us — male and female — to start living our lives from the standpoint and the knowing that we can be or do or have whatever we want. It took me a long time (and a lot of sessions and a lot of healing) to finally come to the belief and knowing that I don’t have to settle in my life. That it is possible to live the life we want to live.
Do you believe that? Do you believe that you can be or do or have anything you want? If not, why not? What’s holding you back? Did you grow up with parents or other situations that beat you down? Are you living in a situation now that is holding you back?
If so, what are you going to do about it? You have two choices — you can accept it and settle for less than what you want, or you can take action to do something about it. One of those choices can make you happy and content and fulfilled, the other can keep you frustrated, disappointed and feeling hopeless. I invite you to take action, to cast a vote for happiness.
Coming to Sedona for the first time in 1999 set me on the path of starting to live the life I wanted. I was miserable when I came here, I was happy and hopeful when I left 3 days later, and now that’s exactly what happens for people who come here and do a retreat with us. I see it all the time and it is such a joy.
Don’t settle. Do something. Contact us and speak with one of our Angel Guides. They’ll connect with you (or both of you, if it’s a couple), and in that deep conversation, they’ll determine what you need to take you from where you are to where you want to be. Then they’ll custom design the perfect retreat to bring you into the life (or the relationship) of your dreams.
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Wishing you a week filled with feeling your power,
Debra Stangl / Founder
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