A mountain climb honoring Shakti's 18th birthday

It's no surprise that Shakti turned 18 within a few days of a solar eclipse. The meeting of the sun and moon is so much more than one blink in time--it is a paradigm shift that will influence all of us over the next two years and beyond. What was present for me in the days following the eclipse is the awareness that we can shed old ways of doing things. Now (and over the next two years) is the time to release those patterns and stories that no longer serve you—you can choose a new story. Choose a new beginning, or a new ending, or a new pathway to transformation somewhere in the middle. What stories are you ready to stop telling? Which stories are you ready to curl up with, or carry with you into the rest of your life? Shakti as an organization is asking those questions at the start of this 18th year, and within the annual All Tribe leadership retreat this month; and continuing to ask those questions again and again over the next few years as Her pathway unfolds.

Not all of us could be present at Sunshine House for the 18th birthday celebration, but that doesn't mean we don't have an opportunity to participate. I learned of the celebration after I had already made plans to climb a mountain in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, to see the Burgess Shale (500 million year old fossils that were once on the seafloor and are now at the top of a mountain). I was disappointed at first, and then I realized that my efforts in the mountains (two hikes, one on Friday, one on Sunday) act as parentheses to Shakti's 18th birthday party. They were a way for me to hold Shakti and all she stands for as I climbed. And there are important lessons in feminine ways of being that continue to make themselves known: my hiking partner had a knee injury and was questioning her ability to make the hikes. At the same time, there were tiny signals and messages directing me toward my purpose in the mountains. A red-tailed hawk sacrificed itself so that I could find and carry its feathers with me to the mountain top. Hawk is one of my spirit animals, and the image of the view from the mountaintop came to me at All Tribes last year and again during Practical Alchemy in May. All I knew is that I would be in the mountains, and that I would have feathers with me, and I do this in service to Shakti. The rest would be revealed.

We invite all our supporters, whether or not you were able to attend our 18th Birthday Celebration, to take a moment to honor Shakti in whatever way you feel called. You don't need to climb a mountain, but you can if you want to. Light a candle, whisper a blessing, lie down on Mother Earth and listen for what She has to tell you. In particular, think about your stories, and where in your story things changed forever. Or where in your story you want things to change forever. Because you are the author, in partnership with the Divine.

Perhaps take the time to write your own story arc, using the model below:

Once upon a time...
And every day...
Until one day...
And because of that...
And because of that...
Until finally...
And ever since then...

Share your story with us in whatever way feels right. Post on our Facebook page, add a picture and share on Instagram #shaktiturns18 #communitymatters #getshaktified

Story by Noelle Chorney, Shakti Rising Senior Leader