Think of all the fairytales we grew up with where the central female character is always rescued from danger through a force larger and stronger than herself.
From a young age we read or watch programs or consume images in our likeness who are very limited in their character roles. Some will be married to a handsome prince, some rescued from towers, some warned about the dangers of eating apples or straying off wooded paths. Our character choices are most often limited to innocence-lost, princess, step-mother, fairy -godmother or witch.
While modern fairytales and stories have worked to change these narratives, there is still much work to be done.
If women are going rise into positions of leadership throughout the world then we must be diligent in understanding and decoding the messages that are still rampant across our culture that objectify, undermine and shame us into the trance of unworthiness.
Instead we must begin disrupt this trance and invest in revealing our true worth and value as well as our right to lead a fulfilling and extraordinary existence.
I will never forget the first time I broke from the trance of unworthiness and it occurred to me to even dare to want more.
I had been sitting with an older, wiser woman who was asking me about whether or not I was happy in my personal life. She seemed troubled by the fact that I could not directly answer.
I remember repeating her words back to her in the form of a question, cocking my head as if i was a confused puppy vs. a grown woman in my mid-thirties.
"Happy?" I asked.
I'd never entertained such a thought before. It had never previously mattered, or at least no one had ever genuinely asked.
She tried again;
"Does your life bring you joy?"
That, I could answer, and the answer was, NO.
I'd felt disconnected from my true experience of my life for quite some time. I had not felt joy, inspiration or even sustained fulfillment for any length of time- these feelings felt fleeting at best, and I'd forgotten what it was to even feel true joy!
In my world, It seemed I'd stopped dreaming or believing that life held true magic, in fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized how numbed out I'd become.
Was I even worthy of those things? I certainly had not thought so at the time.
The next ten years of my life would be an awakening to my own Revelation Project, where I began the work of trusting myself to know that there was something more that I was seeking, and to trust that there was way more to be revealed as I sought it.
As time went on, virtually everything I'd ever been taught about my status in the world as a female, beginning with my right to happiness and fulfillment, would have to be unlearned.
As each new revelation would surface, I would begin to see the tangled web of cultural conditioning that happens to all of us. slowly entrances us into forgetting who we really are and I recognized that often, the very first thing to go is self -trust, which is the first thing we teach women to reclaim in our online course Loving Yourself Well.
If you are interested in learning more about your birth rights as a woman please download TRP's Bill of Rights, and experience the power of waking up to a deeper truth.
More to be revealed....
The first step in your journey to Self Love is knowing your rights.
As a Woman, Never be confused about what you deserve, or how you should be treated, ever again.
I didn't know I had the right to speak my truth. I didn't know that I had been socialized to expect less than I deserve.