is an ageless beauty. She sits on a mountaintop in total silence and peace
communing with nature. She has all the inner wisdom of her mother,
grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is the collective consciousness of
all women. She is a wise woman.
Her answers come from her heart, as well
as her head, for her knowledge is not just from the intellect, but comes
from that instinctual place deep inside, known as intuition."
According to author Judy Hall in her book Holistic
Menopause, A New Approach to Midlife Change, "In ancient times,
all post-menopausal women were to some extent believed to have this power of
inner sight" – to be able to look back into the past or peer into the
future. They were revered as the truth tellers and the peacemakers. Those
women in whom this ability was well developed became the seers and healers of
the tribe, the "Wise Women".
They were the midwives who assisted women in childbirth.
They were the healers who administered herbs to help the sick. They taught
young men how to pleasure women. They helped the dying.
In the Middle Ages, witch hunts discouraged women from using
these innate powers. But today, women are freer to fully express themselves,
and with so many baby boomers now reaching mid-life, the "Wise Woman"
has re-emerged and once again, according to Hall, become a "figure of
inspiration and intuition."
A modern day "Wise Woman" is many things.
She might sit and meditate or practice yoga or Thai Chi, but not necessarily.
She is a woman in tune with herself, someone who is not afraid to acknowledge
her own powers. She is strong yet feminine, sensual but not ruled by her
sexuality, intelligent and yet intuitive. She uses her talents in a way that
benefit those around her. Her nurturing abilities now reach beyond her home
into the community. She is, as the contemporary song "WISE WOMAN"
says, " …a mother, a daughter, a friend and a wife; a sister, a
teacher, a healer of strife; a mover and shaker, a lover of life."
And yes, she is "a woman who’s entering a new
stage of life." Today’s forty or even fifty-plus-year-olds are
now finding new passions, re-inventing themselves and taking their visions out
into the world to manifest them. The song "WISE WOMAN" is
dedicated to these vibrant, sensual, self-assured women.
But "WISE WOMAN" was also written to honor
all women – from our grandmothers to our future generations. And not only
does it honor our feminine side, but it also honors the nurturing female
energy in all living things, including that most female energy of all, our
Mother Earth. So with a pulsating rhythm and positive message, this song
empowers all! "You’re never too old to follow your heart,"
it says, so don’t be afraid to be who you are, and above all, celebrate