I love the word emerging – – so much that I named my business after it. But when I was first experiencing it, emerging into my feminine power, I wasn’t quite sure what was happening and I definitely didn’t know what to call it. If you’re wondering whether you’re emerging, you probably are. Take a look at these signposts and see if you recognize these experiences in yourself:
1. You’ve just had a major transformation
One definition of emerging that I love is “to come into being through transformation.” Transformation is a funky-looking process of Frankenstein steps toward some unknown call. Maybe you have a more graceful way of going through transformation, but for me, it can be pretty herky-jerky.
But when you’re on the other side of that, you see the world around you with a new, exhilarating clarity. You’re feeling a wild sense of bravery, taking steps that surprise even yourself. It’s time to take this new internal alignment out into the world and see what happens. Yes, it can be a little scary when you don’t know exactly what’s going on, but you don’t need to know. Trust in the unknown is a potent and powerful trait of the feminine.
2. You’re looking for, and finding, your tribe
Committing to authenticity takes immense courage, and I don’t believe it can be achieved alone. When I askedBrené Brown if community helped with this process, she said, “it’s more of a prerequisite.” We need the witnessing and reflection from others to fully step into this bravery.
When you allow yourself to be vulnerable, you begin to form relationships where you don’t have to hide select parts of yourself. And when you openly, honestly and intimately share with others, you are infinitely more likely to remain committed to your inner truths, and much less likely to make inauthentic decisions.
It energizes me when women share their stories, and it inspires me to continue on my path toward self-alignment. Do you feel this power of connection when you listen to a woman speak her truth? Continuing this connection, forming deep relationships with like-minded seekers forms a web of support that is absolutely essential to the emerging process.
3. You’re no longer willing to compromise your true self
The energy of emerging is like a fire. Once I knew I was not the only woman in my life who was feeling that same call, I knew that the truth could no longer could be buried in order to maintain the status quo. I knew I couldn’t compromise the alignment I felt for anything. And as soon as I realized this, I began to feel my true power. I didn’t really understand what “power” meant until it became birthed from that inner alignment and the support of my tribe.
In my women’s circles, and time and time again, I’m surrounded by women who are taking courageous steps, saying, “You know what? I’ve been compromising myself my whole life, and I’m over it! Now’s my time.” This is an unstoppable trend happening on a major scale. The rise of the feminine is showing itself in business, politics, finance, science, community, family, spirituality – the list goes on and on.
I founded Emerging Women Live because what we need more than anything is to connect. Join us at our national event with Brené Brown, Arianna Huffington, Eve Ensler and Danielle LaPorte to share moments and milestones alongside those who are committed to making real change in the world by living the truth of who they are. Let’s connect at Emerging Women Live, October 9-12th in New York City!
Chantal Pierrat served as the VP of Sales and Marketing for Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company focused on spirituality, personal growth, and holistic living, for 10 years, where she spearheaded the successful launch of their Wake Up Festival, their first annual national event with over 25 speakers and 800 attendees. She founded Emerging Women and Emerging Women Live in 2012. Her passion is to empower women through feminine leadership. She is also the creator of the dance fitness program SoulSweat™, which she has been teaching for 12 years, and she released SoulSweat, the DVD, in 2007. www.emergingwomen.com