The mission is to: Empower women and girls to heal grief, loss, and trauma, and reclaim their inner authority, so they can discover and use their leadership skills in their homes, communities, and the world, by developing collaborative projects that encourage leadership, community building, and the reclaiming of each woman's voice.
This Empowered Voices Movement was inspired by the global virtual book launch party on Facebook of Empowered Voices: True Stories by Awakened Women on Sept 15. The Movement is about an opportunity for ALL of us to JOIN into the conversation.
After recently watching a Youtube video with Helen Reddy singing, "I Am Woman," from a recording in 1975, Andrea Hylen, founder of Heal My Voice, reflected on the changes in the world since she graduated from high school in 1975. In the song, Helen sings these words,
"I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand"
She reflected on how many of her brothers do understand now and how they have been encouraging and supporting her mission with women in Heal My Voice. As she searched for other songs about Empowered Voices of Women, all she found were list after list of songs that spoke of women picking themselves up after a man abused or hurt her and broke her heart. That is part of empowerment. Never to let anyone use and abuse or take advantage of you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And there is another piece of empowerment. Where are the songs about connecting with our wisdom, our strength, and our voices? Do we only see Empowerment as something that comes from overcoming abuse? This experience led to the idea of a Movement, a conversation about Empowered Voices.
Mark your calendar for Sept 15. On that day, post something on your Facebook Page about an Empowered Voice. A photo, a quote, a song. Then, connect to at least 5 people on Facebook and ask them to join the conversation.
If you feel inspired, on Sept 15, connect to Heal My Voice or Empowered Voices: True Stories by Awakened Women Pages on Facebook. Or gather people together and create a wave of your own. The point is to JOIN the conversation and share your vision of an Empowered Voice.
WHAT IS AN EMPOWERED VOICE?
*An empowered voice listens.
*An empowered voice speaks the truth.
*An empowered voice will not be silenced.
Empowered Voices: True Stories by Awakened Women...the Book
One vulnerable word at a time, the successful authors in this book reclaimed hidden aspects of their own personal power: writing to heal a story in their lives. These twenty-three women initially met through a coaching program including both men and women, and thus were accustomed to “listening”
~Sean Higgins, Transformational Coach, Living a Purposeful Life (http://www.seanchiggins.com/
Profits from book sales are all going to the Heal My Voice, "Voices of Freedom" project: stories by women who have been in prison, drug rehab, and in domestic abuse situations and more... This writing project is going to begin at The Light of Truth Center and connecting with women in circles all over the country.
Voices of Freedom is a project that is starting with The Light of Truth Center recording the stories of women, supporting them in writing the words to support them in healing a story in their lives. The Light of Truth Center, Inc.( LTC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing safe and supportive housing in an environment conducive to recovery, transition and restoration for women recovering from addictions.
Contact Andrea and the organization at HealMyVoiceInc@
"The world will be saved by the western woman," said the Dalai Lama during the September 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit.
I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't. ~Audre Lorde
"A woman’s voice is the seat of her power and her compassion. A woman’s word can heal or destroy; it can be a balm and a ballast, or it can be a source of divisiveness and destruction. A woman’s voice is the seat of her power not only to choose her own destiny but also to manifest it. A woman’s voice is a woman’s choice." -Yogi Bhajan...