In honor of Black History Month, I dedicate this post to two young African American women I met at the Philadelphia airport.
Me: Our plane is stranded for at least the next 24 hours. Is this enough time to take my daughter to see sights in the city?
Tour Guide (TG): Yes, you can go to Liberty Bell, Independence Hall….It was apparent that she had recited this list hundreds of times. As she was talking, I was aware that I had visited these sites before, and while I looked forward to sharing them with my daughter, there was a voice inside of me calling forth a visit to somewhere less frequently known.
Me: Is there somewhere you recommend we visit to learn about history in the area that’s less well known?
TG: She paused, her eyes opened wider, and she looked at her friend, saying with palpable risk in her voice, more as a question than a statement, “You could go to the African American History Museum (AAHM)?” I could feel her heart opening as she risked making this suggestion.
Me: Yes – this is just right. How do we get there?
I witnessed an immediate feeling of release as the looks on their faces came to life and the energy in their bodies became immediately engaged at our acceptance of their idea. They quickly looked in a different drawer than where all the frequently asked for brochures were kept, the second woman saying, “No one ever asks to go here,” pulling out an AAHM brochure from the back of the drawer.
TGs: Have a safe trip!They warmly waved goodbye as my daughter and I departed for the train.
I was reminded of this heart opening experience a few weeks ago when learning about Siberian students who were inspired by black American history.
“There are people around the world who want to know our story,” Quintard Taylor Jr., said, “because it is the story of a people who challenged a major power and prevailed. The black-American human-rights struggle transformed a nation,” he said. To learn more, visit The Black Past.
There is much for our human family to be inspired by and learn about when it comes to collective expressions of wisdom and healing.
Amal Sedkey Winte, Egyptian American psychologist, writes about the inspiring collective wisdom of the Egyptian people in her blog My Eye On Egypt. Visit Seattle’s KUOW (NPR) to listen to last week’s interview with Amal.
Just as in the Philadelphia airport experience, all family histories have hidden drawers with brochures of images from the family soul waiting to be seen. Sometimes we need tour guides to help us experience opening our hearts to these previously unacknowledged truths. Feel free to visit Family Constellations West to learn of my upcoming offerings such as “Ancestral Wisdom for Women” and “Healing Images in the Family Soul”. Here’s to all of us in our human family opening our hearts to one another.
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