By Rebecca Smith Orleane Ph.D. and Cullen Baird Smith

It is December. We sit peacefully gazing into the deep quiet that has arrived with a winter snow in Ashland. Solstice approaches, the darkest night of the year. It has been six weeks since we returned from Sweden where we participated in taking responsibility for thoughts and actions that have caused suffering and separation between men and women for thousands of years. At the beginning of the gathering we were asked, "What is the purpose of your participation in this gathering?" Cullen answered for many of us, "I am here with one purpose: to end the patriarchy and to help bring back the Divine Feminine." And with that, we began our journey through a week-end of taking responsibility, seeking healing, and celebrating unity with all the others who had arrived to do the same thing.

According to the Mayan Calendar, November 3rd ushered in the energy of a new Day (360 days on our Gregorian calendar), bringing humanity unprecedented opportunities for a clearer vision of who we are and what we create. We chose to gather in Sweden on the week-end following this auspicious date, joining Mayan Calendar scholar Carl Calleman, Petter and Julie Barve, Pernilla Romare, Diana Johansson, Martin Andersson and Anira Moller, Marcus Engblad, Rebecka Hagerforsse, Erika Mikaelsson, and many others who became dear friends in a few short days of work to end patriarchy and lovingly invite the return of the Divine Feminine.

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