In 2012, I read an article you wrote that was published in O Magazine. Your topic became a prompt during a writing bootcamp I was in last year. It caused a spark within me to ignite and has since burst into a flame atop a tall torch shining its guiding Light on a transforming path between my female ancestors and me, and beyond. It was “Mamisma!” THE writing prompt perfectly fitted to descend me into the past. To my surprise, however, it turned out to be a “calling” from my future! One thousand words spilled through the ink onto my paper, and …
Sacred Pearl Tours was conceived!
In a whisper, Mamisma conveyed a message to lead a pilgrimage for women of all faiths to Israel. Nine months after finishing the bootcamp, I realized the heat of my desire had been propelling Sacred Pearl Tours’ pregnancy.
Elizabeth, you might be wondering what Mamisma has to do with an interfaith women’s pilgrimage? First, I must tell you—having never heard that word, you activated my curiosity and I rapidly scanned the article wondering what the heck was Mamisma? Since I knew you are a co-founder of the Omega Institute, and that it’s emphasis is on personal and cultural transformation, I expected I would learn something important about the relationship between Mamisma and feminine power? And I did. Mamisma is a force! You said it is “femininity defined by mature and maternal qualities.” Mother love! You went on to say, “But one need not be a mother, or even a woman, to be motivated by mamisma. It’s available to anyone who values the power of the heart. Mamisma is not to be confused with machisma, which is the sister of machismo. The world does not need patriarchy to be replaced by matriarchy. It needs mamisma. It needs women to harness their hearts and drive the chariots of love into the center of town.”
And where does our strength as women come from, Elizabeth, for us to have what’s needed for harnessing our hearts and driving our chariots?
Could it come out of the stories from the lives of women who came before us? Are we their conduit? Have they been pumping that Mamisma through us, into the women who came after, and for those who came after them, and for those who will come later?
Are we the conduit for the Pearls of Wisdom grown by our ancestors? Do we have a duty to our female lineage to turn toward their stories and listen to their life journeys to find the Pearls of Wisdom in us? And if we continue our journey within, will we each come to the Mother Pearl? As conduits, do we need to connect first with our own Mother Pearl to build the muscles required to drive love into the center of town, and into the lives of those who come after us?
The Pilgrimage to the Mother Pearl in Israel was conceived for us women to pump our Mamisma!
In Mamisma, Elizabeth, Thank You!