Women Connect to Wrap
The World in Humankindness
By Virginia Brooke
What if every woman on earth has a voice that is heard — WOW, what a concept! What if that voice doesn’t communicate what is bad and in need of fixing, but rather what is good and in need of more of our attention.
That voice is WOMEN ORGANIZING WORLDWIDE, and as we expand by connecting around the world, everything will soften. (www.WOWorldwide.net) By soften WOW means, be kinder, gentler, more forgiving, more peaceful, open and compassionate.
We know that what we put our attention on flourishes, and because there are now more women on this planet than men, we can and will restore the balance that has been missing since the Era of Partnership — an era eloquently and provocatively documented in Riane Eisler’s book, “The Chalice and the Blade.”
We are WOMEN ORGANIZING WORLDWIDE not to discriminate against men but to acknowledge our innate ability to be loving, kind, caring, creative, anticipatory, communal, communicative and organized, and to celebrate what we have always been capable of being — and courageous enough to be — birth-givers!
There are many forms of birth. Years ago, I gave birth to a whole new personal concept of kindness. I was in the final throws of divorce and our grown sons had just spent a week with my almost-ex and me. We had a great time — shared meals and adventures and the boys took turns staying at both our homes.
Within hours of our saying goodbye to them at the airport, my then husband went ballistic at me during a phone conversation. All the sweetness of our shared time with our sons evaporated and we were right back in the ugliness of our dysfunction. I was devastated, angry and hurt and yet, miraculously — especially for me at that time — I chose to get in my car and drive to his house, not even knowing if I would find him there.
As he opened the front door, amazed and affronted to see me, I said: “It occurred to me that you are really missing the boys; what you need right now is a good friend to talk to. May I come in?”
After a beer and some quiet, easy-going conversation, I left with a sweet kiss of appreciation on my cheek — and, I had been witness to the power of human-kindness firsthand. I saw the man I had shared my life with for twenty-five years, soften. We reconnected to love, compassion and understanding and I felt profoundly empowered and energized. I want more of that powerful feeling in my life. I want more of that powerful feeling in all of our lives, all of the time. I decided to help make that happen.
For years, through personal growth and exploration, I listened for inspiration — ‘how’ to facilitate the sharing of these empowering, energizing experiences that occur in all our lives, all around the world, all the time — and mostly go unheralded.
Then, one day not long ago, a good friend who is a professional singer, shared with me the following story. Although I keenly felt the pain and tragedy central to the event, I felt, even more deeply and profoundly, the amazing gift she had reached into her heart to give — regardless of fear about how her gift might be received.
As it says in the Course of Miracles, you finally reach heaven when you “learn to lay all judgment aside, and ask what it is that you really want in every circumstance.” In this circumstance, my friend Rebekah wanted to express her deep love and respect for a man she knew only by the goodness he had generously shared with others:
By Rebekah Edminster
(Also shared and performed at WOW’s launch in Ojai, CA)
My story is about Omar Hashim Kamal, my fiancé Michael’s beloved colleague, who worked tirelessly in Baghdad as an interpreter employed by the magazine Michael reports for. Omar was targeted by Iraqi insurgents who shot him numerous times while he was driving to work on March 24th, 2004. He died two days later after fighting valiantly for his life, leaving behind his beautiful wife and four-year-old son.
I felt as if I knew Omar after having heard so much about his colorful,
personality and dreams to someday live in San Diego. Mi-chael liked him immensely. So did I — by extension.
Michael called me early on the morning it happened to tell me the news. After hanging up, I went to my piano, composed and sang a song to Omar that I felt sure he would be able to hear on some level. Raised Muslim, Omar was not a believer. Still, I sang him a song from my heart telling him how much he was loved and appreciated, and that if he did die, he should know there is a God and that all would be well.
I felt overwhelming love and appreciation for this man whom I had never actually met. And I felt grateful to be able to sing a song that let my heart expand across the miles.
I thought that was that, but a couple of hours later, I felt a huge compulsion to have the song recorded professionally and e-mailed to Baghdad where Brian, a colleague of Omar and Michael, could play it in his hospital room.
Omar was in a coma and not expected to live but I remembered Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ work on death and dying. She had many patients who miraculously returned to consciousness after being clinically dead. They were able to confirm that while they were in a coma — indeed while they were even technically ‘dead’ — they were able to hear what people were saying about them and to them.
So with certainty that Omar would be able to receive my offering despite his physical state, I recorded the song within the next two hours and had it transmitted by e-mail (a true miracle of modern technology) to a laptop computer in Omar’s hospital room in Baghdad where his friends and family played the song for him while he was dying.
Part of me hesitated to impose myself on a dying man and his family who were of
a different faith, and whom I did not know personally. But my heart won out and
I did what I felt so strongly drawn to do, which was to sing about friendship
and love, no matter what. I heard later that it brought comfort to his family
Humankindness extended both ways.
His family allowed me to give my gift — for which I am so thankful.
(Please listen to Rebekah sing the WOW Anthem, THE TIME IS NOW, at
From the moment I heard the Omar story, I knew how Women Organizing Worldwide could find a common ground of connection — we could share humankind’s HIGHEST COMMON DENOMINATOR — WE COULD SHARE OUR HUMANKINDNESS via the most globally-effective connecting devise so far imagined by humankind, the internet — visit www.WOWorldwide.net.
Women Organizing Worldwide was founded with the intention to connect women and men, will-ing to share the conversations, stories, poems, songs, ideas and projects that express and give voice to humankindness. As we give our attention more and more consistently to the voice of hu-mankindness, we empower and energize it — and ourselves — simultaneously. It is a win-win situation.
When we hear and contribute to this voice, it helps us realize the profound transformation taking place globally as we extend ourselves in loving ways. It is already happening everywhere, everyday. All it needs to truly flourish is our avid, committed attention.
One of WOW’s current expressions of this extension is the SCARVES OF HUMANKINDNESS project birthed by Darian Dragge and inspired by the explosive resurgence of interest in knitting — and the wonderful, beautiful yarns that are now readily available. Making and donating a scarf (knitted, crocheted or woven — 8" wide) is a fun and fulfilling opportunity to individually give _expression to an act of humankind-ness.
The handmade scarves will be connected, creating one long scarf that will be publicly displayed and then disassembled so that each lovingly-created scarf is distributed to those most in need of their warmth and comfort. Please visit Women Organizing Worldwide at www.WOWorldwide.net or call Darian Dragge at WOW, Scarves of Humankindness project, (800) 315-0602, ext. 708 to get yourself, family, school or other organizations involved in WRAPPING THE WORLD IN HUMANKINDNESS.
In through the open heart
Wrap around the world
Out of humankindness
A scarf of love unfurls
Knitting Verse by Darian Dragge
As we put our attention on being, creating and sharing these expressions of humankindness by joining WOMEN ORGANIZING WORLDWIDE (a non-profit, 501-C3 organization) and submitting stories, poems, music, ideas and suggestions through WOW’s web-site www.WOWorldwide.net, by calling (800) 315-0602, or writing WOW at 1016 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023, we will find we are united in a singular voice that powerfully speaks for all of us who intend to birth a kinder, softer, more caring way of being here on earth — for ourselves, our children and all generations to come.
My co-founder, Lisa Luckenbach, and I urge you all to become members of WOW for as little as $1 a year, or $1 a month, or $1 a week, or $1 a day, or $1 a minute, or whatever feels comfortable to you, either on-line at WOWorldwide.net Your contributions will be used to create a worldwide, multi-lingual, multi-cultural network of like-minded individuals.
Even better, join us in creating Units of Unity by ordering your own personal Uni Fire Kit (a reimbursable $99 investment in transformation plus a basic $1 per annum membership — a total of $100) and by being the power and energy that encourages your family and friends to connect with us this holiday season as we, together, wrap the world in humankindness while giving voice to a resounding — WOW! We make a difference!
Virginia Brooke is the visionary and co-founder of WOW — Women Organizing Worldwide, a non-profit 501C3 organization dedicated to uniting humankind by promoting humankindness. Her non-religious, business-orient-ed background provides an un-usual but solid foundation for the growth and expansion of a world-wide network connecting women, and men, who are active-ly giving birth to, and supporting, a kinder, softer way of being — humankindness. (800) 315-0602, virginia@WOWorldwide.net
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