We have to live differently or we will die in the same old ways. Therefore I call on all Grand Mothers everywhere on the planet to rise and take your place in the leadership of the world.
Come out of the kitchen out of the fields out of the beauty parlors out of the television
Step forward and assume the role for which you were created: To lead humanity to health, happiness and sanity.
I call on all the Grand Mothers of Earth and every person who possesses the Grand Mother Spirit of respect for life and protection of the young to rise and lead.
The life of our species depends on it.
and I call on all men of Earth to gracefully and gratefully stand aside and let them (let us) do so.
Calling All Grand Mothers by Alice Walker
Alice Walker’s poem “Calling All Grand Mothers,” from her collection Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems (New World Library, 2010), calls on the grandmother spirit but also on us to clear the way for a wise woman’s perspective and work—today, tomorrow, and the next day. Although the poem was published a decade ago, it asks a question that still goes unanswered: Isn’t it impossible to know what the difference would be if we were to put females first, until we actually do it?
Photo above is painting by: Frank Howell, titled “Rose of Grandmothers Songs”
“Parents who try to punnish or coerce grandparents by witholding visitation defeat thier own child. Whenever there is a conflict between parents and grandparents, the child in the middle is likely to lose.
Some parents and grandparents get it wrong. It is not the parents’ or grandparents’ right over a child, it is a child’s right (and need) to have the love and access to both sets of grandparents without fear, guilt or conflict of loyalty.
A child must not be put in the position of taking sides. A major conflict between parents and grandparents teaches a child wrong lessons about parent-child relationships of grownups. Such a situation might have future repercussions for the quality of relationship the child might have with his parents or his or her own children in the future.” ~ Vijai Sharma, PhD
“We are the children of the mothers of our lineage, and so our mothers and grandmothers have handed on their creative spark; the seeds of all the flowers that they bloomed and the hidden thorns of all that they suffered. They taught us how to be and how not to be, they gave us themselves and their mothers before them. We carry the mothers of our lineage in our cells and in our hearts, they have given us the best of ourselves and another chance to transform their thorns into roses.”~ Caroline de Lisser Art by Julie Dillon, ”The Daughter of the Daughter of My Daughter”
“You have labored hard and long to stay the course during these difficult times,” the Grandmothers said. “You have been stalwart,” they declared, “and we are here today to tell you that your work has borne fruit. There is a piercing radiance in the Net of Light now. It is brilliant, playful, and more electric! Your commitment, your steadfastness at the wheel of life has paid off. The Net of Light has grown in power and reach. “You’ve been concentrating so fully on staying connected to the Net, that you may not be aware of the increase in light that’s now covering and surrounding you. Take a moment and look up,” they said, pointing to the sky. “Look up, open within yourself to the Net of Light and receive as its effulgence pours all over you. Sit within this downpour and let luminescence bathe you. Feel the light and breathe it in. Revel in its sparkling brilliance. It’s penetrating your skin,” they exclaimed, “your mind, your thoughts, and your heart. Receive,” the Grandmothers said. “Take it in. Bathe in the light. “You have earned this,” they said as they looked me up and down, “you have helped create it. So, breathe it in deeply now. Relax as you take the light in and let its sparkling presence sink into your cell beds, flow into your memory, into your muscles, breath and blood. It is pure happiness that is infusing you now. Happiness,” they repeated. “And this happiness is yours. “The world will continue with its shaking and quaking,” they said, shrugging as if to say, ‘so what?’ “The Earth will be dislodging blockages of every kind now, discharging all sorts of evil. You will be aware as this takes place and at the same time, you’ll be aware of the lighted one that you are. Dark is rising up in order to be transmuted and as this happens, light is infusing the very core of your being. “Each time you open to and feel the radiance of the Net of Light within yourself, you bless the world. By aligning yourself with light, you give light a place to live. You call it home to you and you hold it steady. When you do this, you help Mother Earth discharge the ancient mindsets and attitudes that have polluted Her for so long. You ally yourself with light and with Her, and your sparkling brilliance brings joy to your Mother. So, we ask you now to let go of all worry, all fear, and simply allow yourself to glow. Allow yourself to take your place as the radiant one that you are. “We are with you,” the Grandmothers said, “so shine, Precious Light, shine!”