THE NET OF LIGHT WITHIN UKRAINE
At my first Grandmothers’ Gathering, Sharon led a meditation, and banging on her big drum, directed us to ask the Grandmothers to show us what we needed to know. I was shown that I was to take the Grandmothers’ work to Ukraine.
I have friends and extended family in Ukraine and the war being waged now lies heavy on my heart. Lidia, a family member, has managed to escape to Poland with her young son while others are heading to villages for safety or underground into the Kyiv subway. Some are unreachable, but I am heartened by the fact that the Net of Light has been planted in the rich Ukrainian soil.
In 1994, I went there with a group of American women and my six-month old daughter. We met other women in our sister city, Cherkasy, and together we formed a women’s group to support domestic violence programs and encourage women’s leadership.
In 2017, I attended a Grandmothers Gathering in Lithuania before visiting Cherkasy where 22 women crammed into the small Cherkasy Women’s Center. Each of them received the Grandmothers’ Empowerment—and a special gift. Women in California had purchased a crystal heart for each person attending the Lithuanian Gathering, and the Lithuanians blessed and gave the extra crystal hearts to me for the Ukrainian women. They were deeply moved.