Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Millionth Circle Initiative is a growing movement of women coming together in circles to support, nurture and inspire their members to find their voices and to speak and live their deepest intentions and truths. The idea behind the term, the millionth circle was inspired by the story of “the hundredth monkey” in which new ideas or behaviors are claimed to spread rapidly within a group once a critical number of members in the group demonstrate the behavior or accept a new idea. The purpose of the millionth circle is to create that global critical mass to shift the individual, group and collective consciousness of the planet into one of sustainability, respect for the earth and her people, and peace for everyone and all living beings.
The concept of the circle is to create an egalitarian forum. Everyone sees one another and is visible. There is no beginning or end. In the center of the circle is a spiritual (not religious) connection to which all members connect to and with.
The Millionth Circle Movement encourages each and every woman who is part of a circle to join with the others. You can read about this initiative and register your circle online at: http://www.millionthcircle.org/About/what_is_mc.html. If you are not in a circle, consider finding one or staring a circle of your own.
By Roberta Teller
Crones Don’t Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women, by Jean Shinoda Bolen is an important and seminal book for women of all ages – especially for post menopausal women entering the third, crone phase of life……Short, sweet, and profoundly simple and wise, Jean Shinoda Bolen describes 13 qualities for women to cultivate; to assist them in living rich, engaged, active and vital lives. Each of these qualities has its’ own chapter with realistic suggestions and insights on how to embody and integrate these qualities into their lives.
One of the greatest gifts of this book, is that Jean Shinoda Bolen has taken on the challenge to redefine the much maligned and disparaged crone archetype and recreated it into a message that this is the time to yield into the “inner potential we grow into being.” In this day and age, where youth are seen everywhere and the old have become invisible, she is encouraging women to devote themselves to making this third life stage a “crowning” achievement,” ; a time for women to get in touch with their power, wisdom and creativity and to devote themselves to manifesting what really matters to them most.
Jean Shinoda Bolen argues that the time is right and ripe for this generation of older women to rise up and exert their power and influence to make the world a better place. She calls upon women to unite in circles, much like the Suffragettes and the women of the 60’s and 70’s did, to create sacred spaces with a spiritual center, to support individual transformation and ultimately to become change agents in the world.
Crones Don’t Whine provides a roadmap of sorts for women to recognize their inherent wise woman qualities and to hone those skills as they enter their juicy third life stage. It is about encouraging women to recognize their greatness and potential and to motivate them through the power of sisterhood and community to become change agents of the world.
Crones Don’t Whine is a gift for women of all ages. It’s never too early to start realizing our wise woman wisdom.
By Roberta Teller