I was really humbled and honored to be asked by Ann Quasman to be part of her series of “inspiring and fabulous woman”. Not exactly sure I am all that, but it was a good exercise to think about her questions and respond to them in as eloquent a manner as possible. Read on…
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author and nature mystic. Her first two books are Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother and If I gave you God’s phone number…. Searching for Spirituality in America. Her next book: The Great Mother Bible will be out in late January, 2015.
Mare received her Masters in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and has worked internationally in the environmental arena. She has also studied with Native American teachers for eighteen years and currently sits on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings. She organized the Great Mother Wisdom Gathering in the fall of 2014 and is known for Divine Feminine, Sacred Earth, and Sacred Silliness events. Mare is also a former worm herder.
People would be surprised to know that: There is a lily species named after me from the very northern part of Kenya. I was an intern at a research center on Mt. Kulal during a college program in Kenya in 1980. We had a very minor plane accident in a tiny plane in the desert just south of Ethiopia. The researcher discovered a new lily species while we were marooned there overnight. Years later I learned he named it after me.
The WTL 5:
What’s the conversation that changed your life?
Three conversations come to mind. The first was a phone call three weeks after graduating from college. A National Park Service ranger called to invite me to work at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for three months. I was there five days later. The second was a Cherokee medicine woman pulling me aside and telling me I needn’t be so hard on myself since Creator loved me exactly as I am. The third was a doctor telling me I had lymphoma (which I’ve since conquered). These were all life-changing moments that have steered me.
What are you most conscious of today?
I’m conscious of a society where we need more hugs. And a planet that needs a major hug. We need to release our fears of those whom are different than us. We need to heal our relationship with Nature and understand the awesome brilliance and sacredness of all life around us. We need to shed our human arrogance in our perceptions of the world and come to know there is mystery that scientists will never be able to fathom. We live in a multi-dimensional universe and we’ve wandered away from the Quantum Divine Love that underlies all of it.
What part of you have you yet to give voice to?
I have been giving voice via the writing I’ve been spiritually called to do. Now it is time for me to shift from being a spiritual recluse and actually speak more publicly. I’m a mystic and these gifts have terrified me, this capacity to hear trees and tune into the consciousness of our planet. (Earth Mother really is a powerful spiritual being assigned to our planet billions of years ago.) Mother wants me to speak for her and this is not your normal vocation, by any means. I’m finding the courage each day to step into this.
What’s the conversation women need to be having collectively?
I believe one particular conversation needs to be about who we are as sacred women who have the capacity to weave our energies together collaboratively. The patriarchal paradigm has encouraged us to see ‘power’ from a masculine lens. Yet we women hold a power in our wombspace that is about the ancient wisdom of circles and knowing the needs of all need to be met, not some. We can tap this feminine power to bring forth balance and healing. We also need to include men into our circles and discussions far more often. They are feeling left out.
What needs to be said bigger, louder, stronger?
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. The Hopis stated this in a profound message to the world. If we seek justice, we need to create it. If we seek a healthy environment and healthy foods, we need to live these values and support this realization within the personal, regional, and political spheres. There is a new world awakening these days and it will take the courage and compassion of women and men to birth it. This is a sacred world with so much hope for our children and grandchildren but we have to manifest it collectively.
Thank you, Mare, for sharing your powerful voice
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