"Joys are joys of the collective. Problems are problems of the collective." - Sobonfu Somé
In this 2014 talk, Sobonfu Somé offers reflection on how her village functions due to the oneness worldview. In addition to the wisdom she offers, Sobonfu carries the seed of that wisdom, which means her offering is whole.
This wisdom seed is energy, a vibration realized in compassion's all-knowing joy and sorrow arising from and giving rise to the vibration of gratitude, which yields abundance. Sobonfu heals with her presence alone. And I'm so grateful that she and others have endured the pains of leaving home that many may see and experience in person what it is to carry one's essence fully despite the challenges imposed by a culture of separateness and false borders.
Empowering women ultimately means bringing the mothering culture back into fullness. The mothering culture is a culture that prioritizes all children as if they are, as they are, one child. The mothering culture knows no favorites and spoils none unless all. I'm curious to see if those who have been spoiled in something else will truly embrace mothers like Sobonfu, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Alison Cochran Little, and Berta Cáceres.