When I was looking for a book to inspire me and a group of my friends, this title by Rebecca Campbell jumped out at me. We’d been good friends of over a decade, were having lots of fun on weekends away and nights out, had supported each other through the tough times…and yet there was still a sense that we wanted to go deeper, to take the bonds that we had developed and expand our connection with each other and with ourselves.
Rise, sister, rise. It was that call to action that we were waiting for. There’s a sense of expectation engendered there. We’d allowed life to suck us in and pile expectations and demands on top of us until we were beginning to forget who we really were. This empowering invitation to unleash the wise, wild woman within is ultimately appealing to any woman who’s ever found herself trapped by convention and the pressures of modern society.
Unleash – what a word! The image in my head is my whippet at the moment I let him off the lead in the woods. There is no hesitation. He’s off like a shot. Oh, to have a taste of that freedom of unleashing!
This powerful work by writer, creative and artist Rebecca Campbell is semi-autobiographical, as Rebecca includes much of her own story intermingled with feminine history, spiritual awakening, passionate poetry, powerful mantras, soul-searching questions and practical exercises. As she recounts how she finds her way back to her true self, she takes the reader on a journey of their own – a journey of self-discovery to find the wise, wild woman within, that woman who has always been there.
Women are not taught, they awaken. Every woman has a mysterious force within her. Page 53
How different is this message from what we are told as women by our upbringing, by society, by the media, by advertising?
As Rebecca Campbell reclaims her story, she reclaims herstory, reminding us of the ways in which women were once viewed as sacred and to be revered.
There was a time when every woman was seen as sacred. Now the time has come to remember. More and more women are realising that the way we’ve been taught to do things is no longer sustainable. We are experiencing a global shift which mystics through the ages have predicted: the return of the mother and the rise of the sacred feminine.
It’s time to awaken to a new era of sisterhood on the planet. Page xv
Author Rebecca Campbell leads heart opening and activating workshops internationally, encouraging people to spend more time with their soul and connect with their own inner teacher. Rebecca experienced her first awakening as a young teenager and has been studying and training in the intuitive mystic arts ever since. Prior to writing books, Rebecca enjoyed a successful career as a writer and Creative Director in advertising. Originally from Australia, Rebecca now lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and dog Shakti.
The intuitive mystic arts may not be your thing. You may not understand what Rebecca means by an awakening. I’m with you there. As I was reading Rebecca’s own story in PART 1, there was much that left me baffled. Her life is way outside of my experience – if you have to have experienced your Kundalini Shakti rising to engage with this book, then I was completely out of my depth. However, the strong draw of the title’s promise made me persevere and I discovered that whilst Rebecca uses different language and rituals to my own, there was much I could relate to – the reality of spending years trying to succeed by ‘making it’ in a man’s world; her honesty about the crumbling that brought her to her knees, a time when she felt more scared and alive than ever; her yearning to reveal her unique purpose and calling. It is Rebecca’s own humanness that inspires her – and connects her to each of her readers. The details are very different, but we are united as sisters within the sisterhood of all women who have ever walked the earth.
And as sisters, we each have a responsibility to each other: to raise each other up, rather than cut one another down. I have no right to dismiss anyone’s experiences and beliefs, just because they leave me mystified…Women have become so good at putting each other down, rather than raising each other up and I don’t know about you, but I’d love to see this change.
PART 2 opens with a quote from Clarissa Pinkola Estes – ‘We were made for these times’. Rebecca Campbell speaks with such conviction and promise and hope of The Dawn of a New Day when we will ‘flow with the cyclic nature of life’ and where ‘all of Life is part of a larger whole’ .
Here, the author presents the call to action loud and clear.
This is not the time to have spiritual conversations. This is the time to DO the work. Page 61
There’s work to do: firstly, in our own lives, using the book’s searching questions and practical exercises and then, as we go out and each fulfil our calling in the world. This is deep stuff, but is so intensely down to earth and practical that there is so much that resonated with me – like how to relinquish our people-pleasing patterns and say GOODBYE TO THE GOOD GIRL.
PART 3 is a call to remember our cyclic nature by connecting with the rhythms and wisdom in the plants and trees and rocks and seasons…
No matter where
She was in the world,
She always found Her
true nature in nature.
PART 4 feels like a library of positive affirmations – there’s so much wisdom and encouragement packed in here that I think my friends and I will be drawing inspiration from this book for many years to come! PART 5 redefines sisterhood, reminding each one of us that we are never alone: this is the call to create a circle of women, holding space for one another with no room for rivalry (which is what my friends and I are establishing and it’s incredibly powerful!). As the book draws to a close, the mantra for PART 6 is Please use me. Please lead me. Please show me the way. As you finish the book, the journey is just beginning as you discover what it looks like for you to create what is yours to create.
Show up every day and rise, sister, rise.
Keep on rising.
Rise, Sister, Rise is a book that is going to be in my world for a long time to come, I can sense that already. It’s one I will need to keep revisiting, both alone and with my sisters. This fascinating perspective on feminine history invites us to receive permission to be fully human, fully feminine, fully who we were created to be. We are each one a work in progress and I cannot tell you now the impact this call to rise up will have on my life’s journey going forward – but it feels like the ground beneath my feet is shifting and I’m so excited to surround myself with other courageous, encouraging, passionate, compassionate, confident, self-assured, radiant women.