There are brave heart warriors in this world.
Today in Seattle, 900 gathered in one room downtown to support Stolen Youth, an incredible organization that is shining a bright light on the local problem and worldwide pandemic of child trafficking.
Seattle's new police chief, Kathleen O'Toole, spoke and her strength and wisdom reminded me of the powerful Celtic women from a time not so long ago, when the feminine and masculine were in balance with one another; when we lived in harmony with nature, rather than trying to conquer it.
Survivors spoke and I felt my face grow wet with admiration of their beauty, perseverance, and courage.
I heard voices of men incarcerated for buying sex with minors in a powerful video that went straight to the uncomfortable truth: They are suffering and in need of help too.
At the end of the day it comes down to this: we need more heart. There is a lack of knowledge and respect for the softly powerful feminine ways of governing, stewarding, policing, building, healing, nurturing, and loving.
There is so much work to do to bring an end to the violence in our world and I am in awe of the modern day warriors, women and men I witnessed today who are doing just that.
On a related note, SOLD, the gorgeous film which was featured in Issue One of Lucia, is playing here in Seattle this week at the Sundance Cinema. It will open your heart and mind to the complexities of the issue of child trafficking and what it means for humanity. Knowledge is power. It will inspire change. There are screenings across the country, check the website for cities and dates. Go watch if you can.
Follow this organization (@StolenYouthWA). Applaud them. Support them. They are doing work that is saving people. It is saving us all.