The Sophia Project started with a question.
I stood in front of 15 women, graduate students earning their degrees in counseling. In the middle of teaching about the art of empathic listening, a question popped, unbidden, into my brain. So I asked it:
“How many of you believe you’re creative people?”
Not a single hand went up. Not one.
These 15 women are among our best and brightest. Amazing students. Helping professionals. Mothers and daughters and sisters. Women from many walks of life and different backgrounds, who’d accomplished great things in life. Yet not one could claim their own creativity.
As I drove home that night, I felt troubled. I thought about all the women I knew who dismiss themselves and their accomplishments, compromise their wants and needs in order to fit into unhealthy relationships, criticize their bodies, and generally life half-lives because they can’t see their own creativity, brilliance, uniqueness.
And as I pulled into my garage on a suburban street, in the middle of town, in the middle of the country, in the middle of my life, I saw these truths in myself as well. How many times had I silenced my own creative voice out of fear? Fear of standing out, fear of standing up, fear of being alone, fear of being wrong. Even as a woman with a PhD, teaching at a university, I was afraid.
This simple realization set in motion an incredible chain of events.
That very night, as I lay awake at 3am, the name of this blog popped into my head. “Sophia” is the Greek word for Wisdom. We have plenty of knowledge in the world, I thought. Now is the time for us to reconnect with our Wisdom.
I began writing, and as my own truth became clearer to me, the great, gaping holes in my own life became more apparent. I knew it was time to quit my unfulfilling job that fed my bank account but not my soul. To leave the town where I felt so alone and disconnected. To embrace my hidden dream of being a writer. And so I did.
I believe that each human being on earth has a unique and important message that can only be delivered by him or her. I believe each of us is imbued with specific and extraordinary gifts. And each of us must commit to speaking our Truth, honoring our authentic selves, and generously sharing ourselves with others in order to create a more just, peaceful, and equitable world.
I believe that women are amazing. And generations of women have had their voices silenced by the rules of an unjust society. I believe that our wounded world needs us now, with our beauty, grace, intuition, creativity and brilliance intact. I write the Sophia Project as a record of my own search for Truth, and as a roadmap for you as you find your own.
I believe in me. I also believe in you. And together, I believe we can make magic happen.
Thank you for stopping by. And let me know how I can help.
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