Today I want you to meet one of Gaia's heroines. Albeit posthumously.
The tenacious Wangari Maathai made her transition yesterday.
Why is she a heroine? Who is she?
Well, darlings this woman is likely the African sister of Mother Theresa. She was a stand for freedom from poverty for Kenyan women.
She earned degrees in biology in the US. She is the first Kenyan woman to achieve a doctorate degree from the University of Nairobi. She loved Gaia's bounty and was troubled when, as a young person, she saw the degradation for the Earth's bounty for profit.
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, she made these remarks:
"In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground."
This courageous woman was vilified by her country's government, including its leader. She was arrested in 1992 and charged with treason. Her crime? Protesting the building of a 60-story sky-scraper in Nairobi's Uhuru Park. Standing up for democracy and preservation of natural resources.
You see, she believed that the way out of poverty was empowerment and education. She began Kenya's Green Belt Movement. Her vision created tree nurseries for women to empower themselves out of poverty. The trees provided cooking fuel, food and a sustainable income.
"Tree planing became a natural choice to address some of the initial basic needs identified by women. Tree planting is simple..."
I have been inspired by Wangari's strength. She remained true to her vision. Even when her husband divorced her because she was "too educated, too strong, too successful, too stubborn and too hard to control."
A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle, no?
We are not here to be controlled. We are here to soar. To find our voice and to raise it up. Bringing hu-woman-kind to the high vibration that is the Truth of who we can be. Who we must be.
This is my call to action. My call to pick myself up from the ashes and step into the power that is mine to live.
Yep, I woke up inspired today!
Did I mention that Sam was born on Wangari's 52nd birthday.
They are soul-partners of the trees.
Plant more trees!
Create pathways for the daughters, sisters, mothers to BE BRILLIANT.