Are You an Amazon?

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Several years ago, I looked deeply at my life and what I had already accomplished. Given that most of us, male or female, are encouraged not to ‘toot our horn’ (read … brag), it was a difficult exercise.

What had I done with my life? How had my life impacted to world around me? In all truth, I’d never really thought about it. At the time, we were about to attack Iraq, and I felt that my life’s work was threatened because of it.

You see, I’m a mother.

Yes, I’ve run businesses, established new product lines, set up systems for getting product out to the world, managed numerous staffs, and a load of other “important” activities including coaching, training, and teaching others how to do their businesses, and lives effectively—well at least these activities were ones that I got paid for—so they were certainly a great part of my consideration as to what I’d accomplished. Thing was, as I investigated what I’d really done that was of the utmost value—it was the work I’d never earned a penny for or been given any accolades for it’s positive impact. The work of raising my family.

My youngest child wasn’t even a teenager when the war started—but my older kids were certainly of the age where they could be called up to “serve their country”. I was sickened. How could I possibly allow any of my children to be sacrificed in that way? How could any mother? Yet, as the months wore on, I saw numbers of mothers kiss their children goodbye—maybe for the last time—as they were deployed to a far away country in the Middle East.

That imagery led me to my question, “What had my life meant, so far? What had I accomplished?” Then, a bigger question emerged. “What could I do moving forward to affect change in the most positive way?”

Not long after I posed those questions to myself, I dreamt of a woman. She was older, with white hair and steely blue eyes. She looked at me at said, “Inspire the Amazon within”. Then she gestured up above her, and I saw the sky filled with women’s faces—all expectant and eager for something that I would provide for them. I knew it was prophetic, but I didn’t understand fully what I was being called to do. So, I dug into some books and started to research the Amazons. Who were these women? When and where did they live? How was their story important to me—as well as to the women I saw in my dream? And, ultimately, how could this help my children and the millions of other children of the world? I got so involved; I even traveled to Turkey to find out more (that’s where they started out).

I was stunned. Thousands of years of history came to life, and I understood that the Amazons had enacted the first resistance movement in human history. They were queens and warriors, committed to maintaining their way of life in the face of incredible opposition. Warring tribes were systematically wiping out entire communities whose foundation for growth had been peaceful and expansive, for millennium, and the Amazons stood up against that rising tide of aggression.

These were the women and the leaders of their time. They fought back for 1500 years, eventually dying out or dispersing into the steppes of what is now Russia and China. How come I’d never known that? Why hadn’t we been taught their history in school?

Truthfully, I knew why the Amazons were considered mere legends and the stuff of myths. It just didn’t compute in our conditioned minds to take seriously the possibility that women could be the leaders of any era. We’ve been too long objectified, and to this day have to struggle for things as basic as equal pay and safety.

Clarity began to show itself. My work was to present to women their true potential, and teach them how to step into the future as genuine leaders. Understanding from my own experience of how limiting our thoughts were, and how women sacrificed their lives as well as their health just to get by and keep our species going; my job was to present a systematic process to empower women from the inside out, teaching fitness on all levels. Spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Furthermore, strong women leading others would provide a different future for the children. You see, women possess the perfect minds and instincts to discover and implement more productive ways to solve problems than our current leaders have done.

Now, everywhere I go I look for her. I look for the woman who wants change, but doesn’t always know how to proceed. I look for the woman who is tired of feeling compromised because she’s female, or confused about how she could make a difference in the world around her. I look for the woman who doesn’t want to be “nice” as much as she wants to be effective. I look for the woman who wants to command respect and doesn’t flinch at the possibility that she will be considered a “bitch” when she speaks her mind. I look for the woman who’s done being a victim, and chooses to step up and take a stand in her life no matter what she’s facing.

I believe I’m looking for you … and my question is, “Are you an Amazon?”


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