In her groundbreaking 1992 book, Women Who Run With the Wolves, author Clarissa Pinkola Estes wrote “A woman has to go away to be with herself and look into how she became trapped in an archetype to begin with.” 

How often do you allow yourself to go away and look deep into your story and the systems you operate within? Are you underestimating the wisdom and medicine that’s waiting for you when you do? Medicine desperately needed by all of us. 

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Every woman has a story behind the story. The series of events that few will ever know. The trials you continue to overcome. 

They are the impetus to your strength. The spark to your purpose. The reasons you forge ahead.

I’m not going to lie. After sharing much of my story behind the story through a series of posts last week, I’m experiencing a vulnerability hangover.  

In a moment where I was swimming more in the events than the lessons, I shared with a friend, “I’m not in my strongest place.” 

Gotta love crone wisdom. Without missing a beat, she said, “When you are at your weakest, you are actually at your strongest.” And she’s right.

But it’s worth acknowledging the extremely thin line between the moments that dim our power and all of the power we can extract from them. 

That thin line is the reason we avoid revisiting those moments altogether, let alone sharing them with others. Why? We don’t want to remember how we felt when they happened. Or risk undoing the progress we’ve made in the time that has passed. 

It’s human to feel weak when our boundaries are crossed. When the integrity we uphold, isn’t upheld by those in whom we’ve placed our trust. 

It’s human for the injustices and inequities we experience to plant the seeds of doubt within us. 

And for the high-profile women I work with (including me) who have come so far, it’s easy to tell ourselves that because it’s not happening in our life today, there’s no need to bring it up. So very Eckart Tolle of us. 

But if it’s happening to one woman, it’s happening to all of us. That’s why we reflect. That’s why we gather. 

And that’s why we vulnerably share the truth of our story behind the story.

In her groundbreaking 1992 book, Women Who Run With the Wolves, author Clarissa Pinkola Estes wrote “A woman has to go away to be with herself and look into how she became trapped in an archetype to begin with.” 

How often do you allow yourself to go away and look deep into your story and the systems you operate within? Are you underestimating the wisdom and medicine that’s waiting for you when you do? Medicine desperately needed by all of us. 

Despite my vulnerability hangover, I know (because you all have told me) that there was deep medicine in what I shared last week. Medicine that has sparked healing, introspection, and your own expanded vulnerability.

Let’s take it even further. 

Because the most powerful moments you will ever experience are when something that once tried to steal your - and our progress - progress is brought to the light for enlightenment and inspection. 

In that moment, you transform from feeling disillusioned and disarmed to feeling armed and able to claim the true medicine of your voice - especially when in the company of women.

If your voice is part of the movement to advance women's equality and empowerment (and it is) join me on September 23rd for FORWARD: A Roundtable Workshop for Women Who Defy the Status Quo.

Learn more at https://thestefaniediaz.com/forward.