It was a nervous experience riding on the train and meditating while the rumbly transport took me closer and closer to my ultimate-vulnerability in full glorious cacophony and exposed display: a full nude group female photo-shoot for the grassroots non-profit www.WomenEnough.net. The group seeks to get real and positive body images of women into mass-media.
I had been looking at the human experience of mass-mythos around Eve. I was seeing how this lie of denigration of our bodies, malice towards women making initiating choices and “deserved punishment of fall from grace” weakens not only women’s natural power of wisdom, inspiration, receptivity and beauty but also weakens and undermines men’s power to partnership in relationships, and receiving the nurturance, advice and companionship from women. An outcome of this mythos is women are kept competing against each other (this is really really really nasty stuff – not remotely anything like male competition) and inferior to men: we are made to be INHERENTLY NOT ENOUGH. This harms us all.
So some men think “women don’t inherently know what’s best for themselves”, so they may think that they are entitled to and should directly control both women and everything else. There is much more I could say about the impacts of this deep mythos that 2/3 of the human population subscribes to at some level (Jew, Christian, Muslim). I, as I am prone, did some healing work on this. I let this belief shift to its evolved next step. It became the Woman (Eve) who with feminine confidence hands the found apple of Wisdom (i.e. Free-will and Adultness which no longer needs Father in the Sky and Mother in the Ground to be Complete) to the Man (Adam). And Adam was welcomingly receiving the Sophia/ Shekhinah/Divine Feminine Wisdom-Presence AND know he is still desired, needed and a powerful provider-protector. In the image I saw all of this and especially Eve’s hand joyfully holding and presenting the apple. This is NO SIN: this is Ownership of our innate forms feminine and masculine of power.
I completely stripped for full hair and make-up (to be honest we did wear shoes from Sponsor UPHeals). I sat chatting with my beautiful makeup artist Tanya Hibbard and noticed the tattoo on her arm and asked about it. She said it was her own original design: it included a nude of herself with many arms one of which holds “The Apple”. There was the same image I saw on the train. I shared this with Tanya and we both had an amazing moment of Perfection. I felt like I could be me and that was enough and that freed me to be enough with everyone else, which made it so easy to revel in the experience of all the other lovely ladies at the shoot. Truth be told: I was the thickest chick there. But I was perfect and felt great. The founder Michelle Fetsch of Women Enough had me go first to “break the ice” and it was a joy to play in front of the camera – and if you are warm, then really clothes are so over-rated. We all got together for various group shots. It was grand. I found out later from several gals my playful, confident and energetic jump into full nudity first had loosened them up (who btw were ALL younger and thinner) to be more confident about themselves and let the last bits of clothing come off.
I also got to sit there watching each lady in her individual shots; I was drinking in their bodies and beauty – I was comparing and observing and appreciating and noticing and enjoying like fine art: I was in fact just being. I was not competing, hiding, invalidating/shaming/judging (myself or others) or ANY of the old crap the old mythos would have us do to ourselves. It was supremely sublime.
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