Inside the Women’s March on Washington #womensmarchwashingtondc

The Women’s March on Washington on Saturday January 22nd, 2017, was one of the most uplifting and remarkable, down-to-earth expressions of embodied (or incarnational) spirituality that I have ever experienced.  img_0872

A friend invited me to join her and another friend, and to meet her at 8:30 am at the Shady Grove metro stop.  Shady Grove is the end of the red line near me, two stops beyond my “home” stop at Twinbrook Metro Station.  As I walked to the Twinbrook metro from home, I saw a man and his son carrying a sign, and spoke with them to confirm they were indeed headed to the Women’s March.  With delight and gratitude for men supporting women along with peaceful marches for democracy and for protecting the rights of people and the environment, I thanked them.

When I reached the Shady Grove metro station, it was packed with people, mostly women, heading to the march. My friend literally could not get past the 1,000 people ahead of her, slowly feeding into the metro station.  We decided to meet back at Twinbrook, where there was a lot of parking, and no crowds.

She had brought her teenage daughter, who had brought two girlfriends, so there were five of us, enjoying the company of marchers packing the metro train.  Some of the people had come from far away to join us “locals.” How wonderful that they came from other states!

When we arrived downtown, we joined the crowd on the National Mall, and began to search for my friend’s friend, who was near the Smithsonian’s Native American Indian Museum, where the crowds were thickest near the stage of speakers and performers.  Five of us slowly moved through the crowd, and I discovered that it helps to wait for “waves” of movement, and to become part of that wave of motion through people crammed body-to-body.  If I found myself temporarily not touching numerous bodies, I actually felt as though I was missing something!

Everyone was so nice, so calm, so loving and compassionate and considerate.

Can you imagine being part of an ocean of humanity, perhaps 500,000 people, body-to-body, feeling love and peace and cooperation and respect and passionate desire to protect everybody’s rights?  It was a little piece of heaven-on-earth.  The energy was wonderful!

The signs were fun and so meaningful.  One of my favorites was held by a mom, who was quoting her four-year-old daughter:  “Be nice to our country.” My all-time favorite was a sign held by a woman stating:  “Sorry, world.”

The chants were uplifting, fun and inspiring.  My soul self’s favorite was:  “No hate; no fear; everyone is welcome here!” My ego-self’s delight was:  “Trump, Trump, go away; racist, sexist, anti-gay.”   There was also the important:  “My body, my choice,” echoed beautifully and lovingly by the men: “Her body, her choice.”  And also:  “Black lives matter!” and “Show me what democracy looks like!  (response): This is what democracy looks like!”

If you have ever wondered what it would be like if God and Goddess walked the earth through a large gathering of humanity, I would suggest that this March was indeed one example.

Whenever we embody grace, we embody the Divine.  Whenever we embody compassion and especially compassionate action, we embody the Divine.  Whenever we embody peace and goodwill, we embody the Divine.  When we embody love and kindness, patience and cooperation, we embody the Divine Presence.  The Divine Presence was thus present and creating a huge wave of beautiful energy 500,000 people strong, washing across Washington, DC, and emanating out across the world.

In each and every moment, we can choose to embody the Divine Presence, by being patient, kind, loving, and compassionate ourselves.  How important choosing to be Divine Presence is as individuals, and how essential it is becoming that we embody Divine Presence together.

May it be so!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

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I am a healer, life coach, author, and spiritual teacher. While I am ordained in the Christian tradition, I have also studied Eastern spiritual disciplines and practices, including Raja Yoga Meditation; Intuitive Coaching; Reiki; Falun Gong; and other forms of energy healing for both people and animals. I am available for distance healing and spiritual coaching via phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or Facetime; please email me at: to schedule a session. My goal is to assist you in connecting with your Higher Self to find fulfillment, peace, health, and happiness in life. I typically work with people for about six weeks, and then they either take classes with me and advance more, or simply go their happy way. While I cannot guarantee results, many clients find that in a few short weeks, more is accomplished than could be with years of traditional talk therapy. Born on the equator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I grew up moving back-and-forth between Africa and the United States my whole childhood and youth. We lived in three different countries in Africa, and three different states in the USA. I now live in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. I was widowed at the age of 28 when my 34-year-old husband died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm that hemorrhaged, leaving me with an infant and a toddler. This crisis led me to believe that God loves us even when "bad" things happen, and also led me to pursue spirituality and become a minister. In 1996, thanks to "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda, and a meditation class called Raja Yoga, I started on an Eastern spiritual path, a journey which included becoming a healer and a mystic. On Thursday, May 27, 2010, I experienced what I call an Enlightenment Vision, in which I ascended and was blessed by Ascended Masters of many faiths: Master Lao Tzu, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha, Paramahansa Yogananda, High Priest Melchizedek, Lady Kwan Yin, Master Usui, and then by the Seven Archangels of the Seven Rays. After this vision, the teachings in Higher Consciousness began. Apparently, my crown chakra was opened, and direct contact with the Ascended Masters has been possible ever since. My message to everyone is: this is possible for you to achieve as well, although getting there is not necessarily quick or easy. With a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Texas Christian University, I perceive a unity in my readings in Eastern religions and in Biblical studies. As a result, I believe the original message of Jesus Christ was and is a call to Self-Realization, which may also be called following The Way (a term used in the book of Acts by very early "Christians," although they did not call themselves "Christians;" they called themselves Followers of the Way. The Way, or the Tao consists of the practice of peace and love in every moment, honoring the Divine Presence within ourselves as well as within others. The Way of early Christianity was a spiritual practice which similarly focused not on the material world, but on the practice of Divine Presence within the earthly realm. When we practice The Way, or The Tao, we become one with Divine Peace, Love, and even bliss. When we attain this, we experience the "Kingdom of God" or Reign of God, within ourselves, Nirvana or possibly Samadhi. Achieving this Way within each of ourselves is the only way we will be able to usher in the Reign of Divine presence among us all here on earth. The ultimate goal of The Way, and of Self-Realization, is the attainment of unity with the Divine Consciousness, or Buddha-Consciousness or Christ-Consciousness, within, and beyond our normal mortal mind. This Unity-Consciousness is eternal, but begins in the here and now. May it be so.
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One Response to Inside the Women’s March on Washington #womensmarchwashingtondc

  1. busyk says:

    I marched in DC and found it to be one of the most patriotic things I’ve done in a long time. Onward!

    Liked by 1 person

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