This book explores the question what if women's stories were told from the beginning and were an important part of history. Elizabeth Lesser takes us back to Adam and Eve and how fault was placed on Eve and is broken into three parts: origin stories, power stories & a brave new ending.

In the chapter "Women, power and the shadow" I learn about the term innervism in relation to activism.

Activism is described as anything you do to serve a cause greater than yourself. Activism is "love made visible", according to Kahlil Gibran.

Innervism is love of oneself. It is the realization that healing the self and healing the world go hand in hand. Innervism has also been called shadow work.

Last week I spoke about the Four pivots and how we need to heal our trauma and it is interesting how this book Cassandra speaks touches upon this topic as well in relation to women and power.

She discusses how the term power is seen as a negative word for women. I have often watched women in power throughout my career and have seen at times when women mimic men to fit into that power stereotype. I have also seen what happens when they do not.

The chapter on "A day without a war metaphor" was eye-opening & interesting as well. The author shares an experiment where she tried to go without saying an aggressive metaphor throughout the day. Through that experience she learned where the various metaphors like "low blow" and "no holds barred" originated from. FYI "no holds barred" refers to wrestling where you could do whatever to win your match.

The final takeaway from this book is around meditation. Now I do not meditate. I know how wonderful it is however I have always struggled with it. She shares the "Do no harm and take no shit" meditation. You have to read this book and in there on pages 230-233 she explains this meditation technique which I will be trying this week.

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I have been talking about this book ever since I started reading it a few weeks ago.⁠

This book is truly transformational and is one of my TOP 3 FAVOURITES FOR 2022, so far.⁠

Shawn Ginwright discusses how to go from lens to mirror (pivot 1), transactional to transformative (pivot 2), problem to possibility (pivot 3) and finally hustle to flow (pivot 4). ⁠

The fundamental principle of this book is that if you do not heal from your trauma you will not be able to heal families and communities. Really think about this. Of course that makes sense but who really stops to say I need to do the work and figure out why I act a certain way and take the time to speak to a therapist about past trauma. ⁠

On page 11, he says our real power comes from the courage to deal with our fractured relationships, the vulnerability to acknowledge our hurt feelings and the awareness to know when our ego shows up. It takes a lot of courage to do this in the EDI space. These are those moments of truth when you realize that it is time to get really real and raw. ⁠

There are way too many examples in this book that caused me to stop, reflect, write down ideas, yell quotes to my family and get excited to read the next chapter. Go get the book and my dear friends you will be gifted this book for birthdays and Christmas (which is only 196 days away).⁠

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Why this book?⁠

Emily shares her lived experience and provides lots of great practical advice. She starts with the definition of disability and then moves onto how disability is portrayed in the media. She has a great list of what to say and what not to say.⁠

Here are my insights:⁠

Don’t dance around disability: just say disability⁠

She has a great chapter on the history of disability starting from the 1900's to today's disability justice movement⁠

Chapter 5 has so many practical tips on disability etiquette like Don’t try to help without asking first and do not pray over disabled people. Yes, she shares how she was in a hotel having breakfast and a girl asked her mom if she could pray for her. Everyone was watching and Emily shared how mortified she was. Do not do this.⁠

The media is powerful and she shares how she was in multiple episodes of Sesame Street. Gosh I loved Sesame Street as a kid. ⁠

Did you know that according to research people with disabilities only represent 3.1%?⁠

And in her final chapter she talks about how you should not try on disability for the afternoon. She shares how in college she was asked by a friend if she could borrow her wheelchair for a disability awareness event.⁠

This book was fantastic and I loved the stories. It is an easy, clear succinct read and highly recommend this book if you are wanting to understand disability more. ⁠

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